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  •  Malalai Joya speaks on Afghanistan (2+ / 0-)
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    The US should get out of Afghanistan. They create more problems than they solve.

    Thursday, October 3, 2013
    "Imperialism & Fundamentalism Have Joined Hands": Malalai Joya on 12 Years of U.S.-Led Afghan War

    MALALAI JOYA:
    ...And regarding your question about consequences of the 12 years of occupation of U.S. and NATO, unfortunately, was more bloodshed, crimes, women rights, human rights violations, looting of our resource and changing of our country into mafia state, as during these 12 bloody years tens of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed by occupation forces and terrorist groups. And they have changed Afghanistan to the center of the drugs. That’s more than 90 percent of opium produced from Afghanistan, as I believe opium is even more dangerous than al-Qaeda and war as it destroy and spoils the life of Afghans. Around two million Afghan addicted, most of them are women and children. And also, there’s a report Afghanistan is the second most corrupt country in the world. And according to UNIFEM, Afghanistan is the worst place to be a woman. And many example like this, this list can be prolonged, that they unfortunately committed crimes against our people. Still this war, disgusting war, is going on, and even right now trying to negotiate with terrorist Taliban, as these 12 years were saying to our people, "We are there to fight against Taliban and al-Qaeda," but now U.S. officials and puppet regime of Karzai shamelessly publicly they say that Taliban are not their enemies anymore and going to negotiate with them, invite them to join this puppet, corrupt mafia regime.

    •  Power politics is the name of the game. (0+ / 0-)

      Along with the tribes, there are three 800-pound gorillas in Afghanistan.

      -- America
      -- Drug Biz
      -- Taliban

      The least effective of the three is America.

      Drug Biz rolls out $60-billion product a year. Down significantly from peak years in 2003-2005. Taliban comes second. They don't have militias to call in, left over from the Russian War. They do have people and mercs are dirt cheap -- $150 a month.

      This speaker Malalia confuses the available choices:

      "...they have changed Afghanistan to the center of the drugs. That’s more than 90 percent of opium produced from Afghanistan, as I believe opium is even more dangerous than al-Qaeda and war as it destroy and spoils the life of Afghans. Around two million Afghan addicted, most of them are women and children. ...Still this war, disgusting war, is going on, and even right now trying to negotiate with terrorist Taliban, as these 12 years were saying to our people, "We are there to fight against Taliban and al-Qaeda," but now U.S. officials and puppet regime of Karzai shamelessly publicly they say that Taliban are not their enemies anymore and going to negotiate with them, invite them to join this puppet, corrupt mafia regime."
      What the central government and local governments want is enough Taliban force to beat down the Drug Biz. America has failed at that task -- failed completely.

      Doesn't hurt that Taliban and Drug Biz are mortal enemies. Wiping out the Drug Biz was the motivation that drove the original Taliban takeover, that's how they got local religious leaders and militias to accept their leadership.

      Taliban arrested bin Laden twice for the African embassy bombings. They would have been more than happy to remove his head. Clinton failed to forward evidence of al Qaeda involvement -- despite Taliban requests.

      "Northern Alliance" was a Drug Biz coalition. The last surviving drug op, until the bin Laden scheme on 9/11 ripped up everything.

      •  The drug trade is now devasting the people (3+ / 0-)
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        The Taliban do not allow consumption of opium but have allowed cultivation so as to gain farmer's support when the NATO forces were destroying the crops. They collected a 10% tax on the product. The US has now changed their policy and no longer destroys the crops to also gain farmer's support.

        The following confirms Malalai Joya's comment: "I believe opium is even more dangerous than al-Qaeda and war as it destroy and spoils the life of Afghans."

        Afghanistan's Opium Plague

        Afghanistan’s drug story begins with a well-worn fact: the country is the world’s largest producer of poppy opium, the raw material from which heroin is made.

        Here is a less worn fact: Afghans have now become a leading consumer of their own drugs. An estimated one-million citizens (or eight-percent of the total population) are addicted, according to a United Nations survey.

        Some experts believe this enormous drug problem may present a greater long-term threat to the stability of the country than the war.

        Here is an index of Afghanistan’s drug statistics based on the annual United Nations Opium Surveys from 2009 to 2012:

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