USMC try unorthodox tactics to disrupt Afghan opium harvest

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  1. I can never understand why they don't just buy the stuff. I was reading about a global shortage of opiate painkillers only a year or so ago; one would have thought it's the sort of market solution that the US would be all in favour of. Rather than trying to eradicate production, why not commercialise it, and outbid the Taliban?
  2. If they're going to confiscate harvesting tools carried by migrant workers, how are the food crops going to be harvested?

    Might as well just buy up the land and build Disneyland Afghanistan...
  3. That would never do--we can't afford to lose all those British pounds from your tourists coming to Orlando.
  4. Yep, quite agree. Surely taking the harvesting tools off migrant workers prevents normal crops from being harvested? Also as an aside, if all htey ahve to do is prove they've ploughed under their fields for cash, what is there to stop them ploughing food under?

    Buy the opium off them, and give them free food seeds. The opium can be either burned or used for medicinal purposes. Next year just torch the opium fields.

    A bit of fertiliser and irrigation help wouldn't go a miss, and education in such things.
  5. msr

    msr LE

    Or just legalise it.
  6. msr

    msr LE

    Or just legalise it.
  7. No need - they could become very prosperous as legitimate opium farmers, and buy what food they needed. Nothing like a bit of spare cash in your pocket and the opportunity to trade in the donkey-cart for a Landcruiser, to convert people to the capitalist values of the Infidel West.
  8. Something other than ammonium nitrate I would hope.
  9. If you were a cynic you might argue that buying it would disrupt the profits of the worlds largest legal opium producers...............The US being no 2 if i remember correctly .......
  10. They did that. It just increased production to the levels that they are now.
  11. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    Perhaps wee should pay local farmers the going opium rate per acre for the same acreage of wheat or some other food crop. They get the money, the US sells it to locals at current market rates, everybody wins
  12. The UN has spent a fortune in the Indian Sub-continent encouraging them to grow poppies legally for medical purposes. If we now buy the Afghan Poppy crop instead, these poorestpeople in the world will lose their only source of income and poverty and starvation will return to those areas (unless of course someone else pays them to grow illlegally)
  13. We could be giving the convicts purest afghan to re-dope them prior to their release in the community instead of methodone.
  14. Plant oil palm and buy it off the farmers at the same rate they get for wholesale opium, then the yanks can run their tanks on the stuff