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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Keep your drug profits home!

Man, only the afghanis can get away with saying something like that! LOL


At 3/15/2006 05:31:00 AM, Blogger Crazy Girl said...

Im serious I really want to open a strip club in the ME, how about I invest the money back into the government and I pay taxes can I please open a strip club? I'm also muslim so it's ok!

At 3/15/2006 07:10:00 AM, Blogger aliandra said...

As long as there's a demand for opiates, there's gonna be a supply, especially in a place where there are few economic alternatives for the growers. I give the Afghan government credit for being realistic.

At 3/15/2006 08:39:00 AM, Blogger elengil said...

I suppose if you're gonna produce drugs, it would only make sense to keep the profits around your own home where it will benefit you most.

... or somethin.

At 3/15/2006 09:03:00 AM, Blogger ArmyArtilleryWife said...

So the Taliban is capable of moral flexibility after all?

I thought one of the "good things" we were supposed to admire about the Taliban was that they lowered the Opium production--y'know, like Mussilini's trains.

Now they are promising to defend the fields from eradication. Any constituency in a storm, I guess.

As long as the gov. puts a deadline on the amnesty, I think this might be a good idea. So many horrible things have happened in Afghanistan's past, they can't prosecute all of them. If the drug lords invest their profits, end their production, and cooperate, the nation might be better off not prosecuting.

At 3/15/2006 09:54:00 AM, Blogger waterdragon52 said...


If the Taliban cracked down on opium poppy production, it was probably only on the farming operations belonging to their opponents.

As for Aliandra's "realistic approach" argument, as long as farmers are able to make easy money growing opium poppies, there's little incentive for them to produce other agricultural commodities. The "realistic" approach would be to use aid money to help farmers produce other commodities, for both domestic consumption and export, instead of ensuring that there's a cheap and plentiful supply of a highly addictive drug that has destroyed many lives.

At 3/15/2006 10:49:00 AM, Blogger aliandra said...


That's been dried in the cocaine producing nations with little success. Drugs pay more than coffee. You can't stop the drug problem at the supply side. We've been trying for over 40 years. You've got to focus on the demand side. No customers, no sellers, just like every other commodity.


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