|Problems Insoluble Only If
Sun, 10 Oct 2004 Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)
A huge problem for -- and with -- the gang in charge in Washington these days is that they define many of their successes as problems, requiring ever more onerous applications of force and looted tax dollars to "solve" what's already going fine.
In addition, they describe many of their real problems as "insoluble," when the solutions are right in front of their eyes.
No, we're not succeeding in creating a modern nation-state. But there is good news in Afghanistan: The State Department reports the country is on pace to produce a record opium poppy crop this year.
Afghanistan is already estimated by the United Nations to produce three-quarters of the world's opium. The $2.3 billion trade is responsible for half the poor nation's gross national product -- it's one of the few crops that will grow there without irrigation.
Afghanistan's former ruling Islamist mob, the Taliban, restricted production of opium poppies, thanks to Islam's backward prohibition on narcotics. Now Afghan farmers are happily back at work producing their most reliable cash crop. Opium traders will even loan the farmer money to get back into production.
Opium, of course, is one of God's major gifts to man. The first book of the Bible tells us that God gave man every flower- and seed-bearing plant for his use, and few have proved more useful that the poppy, whose sap can be made into codeine and morphine, which ( along with that other Godsend, cocaine ) have relieved the pain and suffering of millions.
So how do the folks in Washington respond to the fact that happy Afghan farmers are once again making an honest living producing a crop which is a Godsend to mankind?
"While Afghan farmers see little of the revenue generated from their crops, billions of dollars from the sale of opium and its derivative heroin are bankrolling criminal and terrorist organizations," moaned the Philadelphia Inquirer in a Sept. 27 editorial.
Wait, it gets better: "Like the sharecroppers of America's past" the poor Afghan opium farmer "typically never earns enough to pay off the loan. Farmers who fall too far behind have been reported to give away their daughters to satisfy a debt," the Inquirer wails.
Needless to say, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was first into the breach, announcing last month that "coalition forces" in Afghanistan will soon have another task to distract them from tracking down Osama bin Laden -- burning poppy fields. Imagine how Americans would respond if helicopters full of Afghan warriors descended on Virginia and Kentucky, burning our tobacco crops. ( Tobacco is more toxic and slightly more addictive than the opiates, according to Dr. Andrew Weil of the University of Arizona, who studies such stuff. )
Leaving aside for the moment the curious shortage of names and home towns of the Afghan daughters who've been given away ( the kind of details a major newspaper might usually ask for ), is the consciousness-altering drug manufactured by the world's distilleries "bankrolling criminal and terrorist organizations" and leading to the distillers' daughters being sold into slavery? Of course not.
And why? The difference isn't the potency of the plant extract. The difference is that booze is legal. Legalize all opium products, allow the Afghans to ship through normal channels at reasonable profits, and the criminals will lose their control over the trade and the farmers, both.
It would then make no more sense for terrorists and underworld figures to try and finance their truly evil enterprises through the opium trade than it would for them to go into the business of manufacturing and smuggling aspirin -- a product which our fine German friends at Farben-Fabriken Bayer delayed introducing until 1899, the year after they introduced heroin, since their chemists at the time considered aspirin the more dangerous of the two formulations.
Legalize the poppy. Problem solved.
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"But the whole truth is much uglier. We have documented in detail how the Iran-contra drug-running and gun-running operations run out of Bush's own office played their role in increasing the heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana brought into this country. We have reviewed Bush's relations with his close supporters in the Wall Street LBO gang, much of whose liquidity is derived from narcotics payments which the banking system is eager to recycle and launder."
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