- Posted April 10, 2014 by
Watertown, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death, the U.S. Afghanistan Invasion,the CIA, and the U.S. and European Heroin Usage and Death Explosion
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.
Also, more land is now used for opium in Afghanistan than for coca cultivation in Latin America.
In 2007, 92% of the non-pharmaceutical-grade opiates on the world market originated in Afghanistan."
Since 2007, opium production has doubled in Afghanistan.
"During the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, it has been alleged by sources in Russia that American CIA agents were helping smuggle opium out of Afghanistan, either into the West, in order to raise money for the Afghan resistance or into the Soviet Union in order to weaken it through drug addiction."
A power vacuum was created when the Soviets left in 1989. That's when the Taliban came to power.
" During the Taliban rule, Afghanistan saw a bumper opium crop of 4,500 metric tons in 1999.
In July 2000, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, collaborating with the United Nations to eradicate heroin production in Afghanistan, declared that growing poppies was un-Islamic, resulting in one of the world's most successful anti-drug campaigns.
The Taliban enforced a ban on poppy farming via threats, forced eradication, and public punishment of transgressors.
The result was a 99% reduction in the area of opium poppy farming in Taliban-controlled areas, roughly three quarters of the world's supply of heroin at the time.
The ban was effective only briefly due to the deposition of the Taliban in 2002 by U.S. Forces."
Excerpts from Wikipedia:
"While the CIA reports on the flow of opium, and its derivative, heroin, in Southwest Asia, and Afghanistan, US government researchers also observe that the indirect effects of the United States Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency, as well as the Afghan Northern Alliance, have increased the flow."
So why do we have an explosion of heroin usage in the United States and in Europe?
There's a lot of dark money that can be used for black ops available with no trace as to its source just as was the case during the Iran- Contra Affair.
Also, the Federal Government is 'cracking down' on pill mills and the sale of oxycodone and other narcotics used legitimately by those suffering from chronic pain making it more difficult to get the pain medications needed legally to address their severe pain.
The alternative is cheap heroin which in most case is unregulated and the safety of the drug is unknown.
There have been many deaths because the heroin may have a dangerous additive such as Fentanyl added which increases the effect of the heroin to unsuspecting users.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death has caused more attention to be focused on this issue. Were it not for his celebrity status, the doubling of heroin deaths and explosion of heroin addiction may have continued to fly under the consciousness of the American media and public.
An investigation needs to be made into the actual reasons for the increase in heroin usage and the connections to the military invasion of Afghanistan and how that has facilitated this increase and why.
40 years ago, we had the same explosion of heroin addiction in America that coincidentally aligned with the U.S. involvement in Viet Nam.
There's more to this story than is being told by our media and our government. It's time to end this vicious cycle because , right now, it appears that capitalism is alive and well again in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is rich with the mineral 'Lithium' which is used in cell phone battery production. Let's get them to mine that and stop selling opium as a means to support their families and buy food.
It would be cheaper and better for all of us.