I used to think if we destroyed the Taliban's opium, we'd destroy the heroin trade and be rid of those muslim hillbillies once and for all, but it appears it was never their's in the first place.
Here's the terrible truth of why our boys are really fighting, killing and dying in Afghanistan... and quite possibly why "the war on terror" was initiated in the first place.
Please note the dates....
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (February 15, 2001 8:19 p.m. EST)
U.N. drug control officers said the Taliban religious militia has nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan -- once the world's largest producer -- since banning poppy cultivation last summer.
A 12-member team from the U.N. Drug Control Program spent two weeks searching most of the nation's largest opium-producing areas and found so few poppies that they do not expect any opium to come out of More.. Afghanistan this year.
"We are not just guessing. We have seen the proof in the fields," said Bernard Frahi, regional director for the U.N. program in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He laid out photographs of vast tracts of land cultivated with wheat alongside pictures of the same fields taken a year earlier -- a sea of blood-red poppies.
Afghanistan is, as of March, 2010, the greatest illicit opium producer in the entire world, ahead of Burma (Myanmar) and the "Golden Triangle". Afghanistan is the main producer of opium in "Golden Crescent". Opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since U.S. occupation started in 2001. Based on UNODC data, there has been more opium poppy cultivation in each of the past four growing seasons (2004–2007) than in any one year during Taliban rule.
It appears we're really there to protect the opium trade from the Taliban destroying it, we're not fighting for anyone's freedom except the opium's.
We're being lied to by criminal, career politicians..... again.