The Afghan War: “No Blood for Opium”

The Hidden Military Agenda is to Protect the Drug Trade

by Dr. John Jiggens
Published: Apr. 21, 2010 – Global Research

It was common during the opening of the Iraq war to see slogans proclaiming “No blood for oil!” The cover story for the war – Saddam’s links with Al Qaida and his weapons of mass destruction – were obvious mass deceptions, hiding a far less palatable imperial agenda. The truth was that Iraq was a major producer of oil and, in our age, the Age of Oil, oil is the most strategic resource of all. For many it was obvious that the real agenda of the war was an imperialistic grab for Iraqi oil. This was confirmed when Iraq’s state-owned oil company was privatised to western interests in the aftermath of the invasion.

Why then are there no slogans saying “No blood for opium!”? Afghanistan’s major product is opium and opium production has increased remarkably during the present war. The current NATO action around Marjah is clearly motivated by opium. It is reported to be Afghanistan’s main opium-producing area. Why then won’t people consider that the real agenda of the Afghan war has been control of the opium trade?

The weapons of mass deception tell us that the opium belongs to the Taliban and that the US is fighting a war on drugs as well as terror. Yet it remains a curious fact that the opium trade has tracked across Southern Asia for the past five decades from east to west, following US wars, and always under the control of US assets.

In the 1960s, when the US fought a secret war in Laos using the Hmong opium army of Vang Pao as its proxy, Southeast Asia produced 70% of the world’s illicit opium. After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Afghanistan production, controlled by US-backed drug lords, took off, till it rivalled Southeast Asian production. Since 2002, Afghan opium production, encouraged by both the Taliban and US-backed drug lords, has reached 93% of world illicit production, an unparalleled performance.

The graph below from the UN World Drug Report 2008 shows the astonishing increase in Afghan opium production that followed the US invasion.

In the 1980s the US supported Islamic fundamentalists, the Mujahideen, against the Soviets in Afghanistan. To pay for their war, the Mujahideen ordered peasants to grow opium as a revolutionary tax. Across the border in Pakistan, Afghan leaders and local syndicates, under the protection of Pakistani Intelligence, operated hundreds of heroin labs. As the Golden Crescent in Southwest Asia eclipsed the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia as the centre of the heroin trade, it sent rates of addiction spiralling in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and the Soviet Union.

To hide US complicity in the drug trade, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers were required to look away from the drug-dealing intrigues of the US allies and the support they received from Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and the services of Pakistani banks. The CIA’s mission was to destabilise the Soviet Union through the promotion of militant Islam inside the Central Asian Republics and they sacrificed the drug war to fight the Cold War. Their mission was to do as much damage as possible to the Soviets. Knowing the drug war would hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union, the CIA facilitated the operation of anti-Soviet rebels in the provinces of Uzbekistan, Chechnya and Georgia. Drugs were used to finance terrorism and western intelligence agencies used their control of drugs to influence political factions in Central Asia.

The Soviet army withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, leaving a civil war between the US-funded mujahideen and the Soviet-supported government that raged until 1992. In the chaos that followed the mujahideen victory, Afghanistan lapsed into a period of warlordism in which opium growing thrived.

The Taliban emerged from the chaos, dedicated to removing the war lords and applying a strict interpretation of Sharia law. They captured Kandahar in 1994, and expanded their control throughout Afghanistan, capturing Kabul in 1996, and declaring the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Under the policies of the Taliban government, opium production in Afghanistan was curbed. In September 1999, the Taliban authorities issued a decree, requiring all opium-growers in Afghanistan to reduce output by one-third. A second decree, issued in July 2000, required farmers to completely stop opium cultivation. Ordering the ban on opium growing, Taliban leader Mullah Omar called the drug trade “un-Islamic”.

As a result, 2001 was the worst year for global opium production in the period between 1990 and 2007. During the 1990s, global opium production averaged over 4000 tonnes. In 2001, opium production fell to less than 200 tonnes. Although it was not admitted by the Howard government, which claimed the credit itself, Australia’s 2001 heroin shortage was due to the Taliban.

Following the attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001, the armies of the northern alliance, led by US Special Forces, supported by daisy cutters, cluster bombs and bunker-busting missiles, shattered the Taliban forces in Afghanistan. The opium ban was lifted and, with CIA-backed warlords back in control, Afghanistan again became the major producer of opium. Despite the official denials, Hillary Mann Leverett, a former US National Security Council official for Afghanistan, confirmed that the US knew that government ministers in Afghanistan, including the minister of defence in 2002, were involved in drug trafficking.

After 2002 Afghan opium production rose to unheard of levels. By 2007, Afghanistan was producing enough heroin to supply the entire world. In 2009, Thomas Schweich, who served as US state department co-ordinator for counter-narcotics and justice reform for Afghanistan, accused President Hamid Karzai of impeding the war on drugs. Schweich also accused the Pentagon of obstructing attempts to get military forces to assist and protect opium crop eradication drives.

Schweich wrote in the New York Times that “narco-corruption went to the top of the Afghan government”. He said Karzai was reluctant to move against big drug lords in his political power base in the south, where most of the country’s opium and heroin is produced.

The most prominent of these suspected drug lords was Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of President Hamid Karzai. Ahmed Wali Karzai was said to have orchestrated the manufacture of hundreds of thousands of phony ballots for his brother’s re-election effort in August 2009. He was also believed to have been responsible for setting up dozens of so-called ghost polling stations — existing only on paper — that were used to manufacture tens of thousands of phony ballots. US officials have criticised his “mafia-like” control of southern Afghanistan. The New York Times reported that the Obama administration had vowed to crack down on the drug lords who permeate the highest levels of President Karzai’s administration, and they pressed President Karzai to move his brother out of southern Afghanistan, but he refused to do so.

“Karzai was playing us like a fiddle,” Schweich wrote. “The US would spend billions of dollars on infrastructure development; the US and its allies would fight the Taliban; Karzai’s friends could get richer off the drug trade. Karzai had Taliban enemies who profited from drugs but he had even more supporters who did.”

But who was playing who like a fiddle?

Was it the puppet President or the puppet masters who installed him?

As Douglas Valentine shows in his history of the War on Drugs, The Strength of the Pack, this never-ending war has been a phony contest, an arm wrestle between two arms of the US state, the DEA and the CIA; with the DEA vainly attempting to prosecute the war, while the CIA protects its drug-dealing assets.

During the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, European powers (chiefly the UK) and Japan used the opium trade to weaken and subjugate China. During the Twenty-First century, it seems that the opium weapon is being used against Iran, Russia and the former Soviet republics, which all face spiralling rate of addiction and covert US penetration as the Afghan War fuels central Asia’s heroin plague.

Dr John Jiggens is the author of “The killer cop and the murder of Donald Mackay”.

Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18768

 

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U.S. Wars and the Opium Trade

NATO’s Afghanistan: The Champion of Drugs Production

Afghanistan, Drugs & Bank Bailouts

One of the reasons for the US Occupation of Afghanistan 

Occupiers involved in drug trade: Afghan minister

NY Times: Afghan Opium Kingpin On CIA Payroll

CIA, Heroin Still Rule Day in Afghanistan

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    WARMONGER BARONS CONTROL THE DRUG PRODUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN

    ” The United States wants to stay in Afghanistan in order to keep its profitable heroin business in the country, a political analyst says.
    “The only reason the United States would stay there frankly is to keep its multi-hundred-billion-dollar heroin business going. The business of Afghanistan has always been heroin. There’s no other reason the US was involved,” senior editor at Veterans Today Gordon Duff told Press TV on Thursday.
    “The people of Afghanistan have made it very clear they don’t want the United States there,” he added………………………………………..
    “When the United States went into Afghanistan in 2001, Afghanistan had ended almost every aspect of narcotics production,” Duff said. “As of last week, Afghanistan was producing 98 percent of the world’s… heroin.”
    The United Nations reported last month that Afghanistan produced record levels of opium in 2013.
    Cultivation of opium poppies, which are processed into heroin, rose 36 percent, amounting to 209,000 hectares.
    Afghanistan remains the world’s largest opium producer – last year accounting for 75 percent of the world’s heroin supply.
    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/12/06/us-aims-to-stay-in-afghanistan-for-heroin-business.html
    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/12/12/afghanistan-in-the-strategic-plans-of-iran.html

    ” Russia will bring its existential fight against the opium war targeting its youth — whose addiction rates have expanded in parallel to the massive increase in opium planting and heroin trafficking during the 13-year NATO presence in Afghanistan — to the UN Security Council, a move supported by China. U.S.-Russia joint collaboration on anti-narcotics is one of the only working- group relationships that has survived the Obama Administration and British geopolitical intrigues. It should be a new addition to the collaborative efforts on Syria and Iran, and, could become a decisive flank against the drug-money-saturated banking system, a favorite theme of Ivanov. It is only our enemies, and the stupidity of Washington’s Beltway idiots, that prevent the U.S. joining this effort. ” http://larouchepac.com/node/28902

    ” Costa’s blunt statements come in face of another strategic development which is not headline news yet. Russia, with the backing of China, wants to push a UN Security Council-sanctioned crackdown on narcotrafficking onto the international agenda. The utter failure of NATO to deal with the 40x boom in heroin production in Afghanistan in the midst of its massive military presence there since 2001 and its upcoming withdrawal, has led to a simmering revolt, which is demanding action against the heroin economy. Viktor Ivanov, the head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Agency, recently announced that Russia was putting this on the agenda of the June 2014 G-8 meeting in Sochi.
    Within the United States, a boom of heroin addiction, including in supposedly-affluent middle class neighborhoods, plus debate on the NATO Afghan debacle, and its heroin boom legacy, has opened the door for increased U.S.-Russian collaboration against the global reach of Afghan-produced heroin. As with Syria and Iran, this U.S.-Russia collaboration must now take on the criminal banking system protecting the accumulated trillions of dollars from decades of narotics trafficking, be it cocaine or heroin.
    Russian financial intelligence expert Konstantin Sorokin emphasized in his Sept. 6 Executive Intelligence Review interview that U.S. Russia collaboration is key to defeating the drug cartels and their bankers, and thus the legalization drive. http://www.larouchepub.com/other/interviews/2013/4035sorokin_v_laundering.htmlhttp://larouchepac.com/node/29007

    WHO HAS CONCRETE INTERESTS IN THE CULTIVATION OF OPIUM POPPIES IN AFGHANISTAN ?

    Prince Charles Inspects His Mother’s Poppy Fields in Helmand
    April 15, 2010 • 9:00AM

    On March 25-26, Prince Charles visited British troops in Afghanistan, becoming the most senior royal to visit British troops there. He received a briefing from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander [editor confused whether it is “British” or “U.S.” commander] of all foreign troops in the country. The Guardian reported that “during a two-day visit amid tight security, he was flown by Chinook helicopter to Lashkar Gar, capital of Helmand province, where he met local leaders, the Governor Gulab Mangal, and British soldiers at a patrol base surrounded by opium poppy and wheat fields (emphasis added).”
    It was not reported where Prince Charles met McChrystal, for example, in a poppy field, a heroin laboratory, or on a carpet, where the Prince was sitting cross-legged socializing with the local governor. Associated Press reported that “the 61-year-old heir to the British throne said troops can keep themselves busy in the field, but for the relatives left behind, it’s ‘ghastly.'” However, the Prince did not identify what the troops were keeping themselves busy with.
    The AP shamelessly, but ironically, reports: “Britain has lost 276 troops since the war began in 2001. British soldiers have mainly been tasked with battling the Taliban in Helmand, the center of Afghanistan’s illegal narcotics trade that has financed the militant group.”
    AP added that “Prince Charles crisscrossed Helmand by helicopter, flying over the canals, poppy fields, and mud compounds that make up much of the district. He met with local leaders in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, sitting crossed-legged on a cushion as he talked about the situation in Helmand.”
    It further revealed the setting where the British troops are keeping themselves busy: “At Patrol Base Pimon, nestled among the blooming pink poppy fields of Nad Ali, he met some of the 140 British troops holding the front line and was told by commanding officer Maj. Ian Lindsay-German: ‘It’s a lot more quiet out there now, but it hasn’t been cleared fully’ of insurgents.”
    However, clearing the fields of opium poppy is not on the agenda.
    With this visit, the British are probably making it clear that Helmand might become the capital of what would be left of Afghanistan, when the catastrophic Obama Administration policy comes to a crushing defeat, and Kabul is abandoned to its fate in a sectarian and ethnically divided Afghanistan. Therefore, Helmand Province is of more interest for the British to keep quiet and “economically thriving” with the help of such American dupes as President Obama and General McChrystal. Helmand, whose Governor Mangal is being groomed by the British royals as a great tribal leader (as the British royals are themselves, oligarchical tribe leaders), is being portrayed as the stable and well-governed region of Afghanistan, unlike the “corrupt” President Karzai’s Kabul. ” http://larouchepac.com/node/14178

    obama THAT KEEPS THE U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN IS A SERVANT OF THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND AND OF GOLDMAN SACHS.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2011/may/24/barack-obama-uk-state-visit-in-pictures?picture=374933181
    (Obama Keeps One Campaign Promise: Make America Subservient To The British Empire http://larouchepac.com/node/18251 )
    ( Obama and Holder: Drug Pushers for the Queen http://larouchepac.com/node/28233 )
    http://prof77.wordpress.com/politics/an-updated-list-of-goldman-sachs-ties-to-the-obama-government-including-elena-kagan/

    ALSO ITALY KEEPS ITS TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN.
    THE PRESIDENT OF ITALY napolitano IS ANOTHER SERVANT OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.
    ” The Queen is spending a second day in hospital where she is being assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis…….
    All official engagements for this week, including the Queen’s trip to Rome, will be either cancelled or postponed………………………
    The Queen had been due to spend two days in Rome with the Duke of Edinburgh next weekend, at the invitation of Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano.”
    http://itvradionigeria.com/news/queen-elizabeth-second-day-in-hospital-with-stomach-bug/
    “The Prince Charles heir to the Crown of England and his wife Camilla arrived Sunday in Italy for a two days visit…….the royal couple was received Sunday evening in Rome
    by the italian president Giorgio Napolitano ”
    http://www.lapresse.ca/environnement/200904/26/01-850491-charles-et-camilla-pour-le-climat-en-italie.php
    THE PRIME MINISTER OF ITALY enrico letta IS PUPPET OF GOLDMAN SACHS BECAUSE HIS UNCLE gianni letta IS “A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY BOARD OF GOLDMAN SACHS INTERNATIONAL”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gianni_Letta https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Letta

    NATO THAT IS CONTROLLED BY THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL HAS STRONG RELATIONS ALSO WITH GOLDMAN SACHS.
    The former prime minister of Italy mario ” Monti is a leading member of the exclusive Bilderberg Group. He has also been an international advisor to Goldman Sachs[53] and The Coca-Cola Company.He has also been a member of the “Senior European Advisory Council” of Moody’s and he is one of the members of the “Business and Economics Advisors Group” of the Atlantic Council. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Monti

    THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY AND GOLDMAN SACHS ARE TIGHTLY LINKED WITH THE ROTHSCHILDS.
    ” Lord JACOB ROTHSCHILD, the behind-the-scenes controller of the Inter-Alpha Group, was a partner at Rothschild at the time he set up the Inter-Alpha Group in 1971, using its resources and then leaving in 1980 to continue his special mission, which includes advising the genocidal British Crown and managing the funds of Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall, to finance his kooky, “green” schemes.” http://unitednationsoffilm.com/?p=1728
    Coordinates: 51°50′32″N 0°56′16″W http://www.thefullwiki.org/Waddesdon_Manor http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdon
    ” Prince Charles already played polo with EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD in his student years and later set up the Interfaith consultations with him. ”
    http://www.gnosticliberationfront.com/people_with_the_endless_bios.htm
    EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD ” In 1989, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II,[2] for whom he serves as a financial adviser. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Robert_de_Rothschild http://www.breathingenglishair.blogspot.fr/2012/04/ascott-house-buckinghamshire.html
    Coordinates: 51°53′43.62″N 0°42′22.23″W http://www.thefullwiki.org/Ascott_House
    THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY HAS THE CONTROL OF THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-charles-dumps-rbs-boss-372885
    BUT THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND IS RELATED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD
    ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild ) FOR EXAMPLE THROUGH THE PERSONS OF LAURA SCOLAN AND MARK PHILLIPS,ETC..
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/laura-scolan/a/ba1/7b7 http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-phillips/4/5b9/772
    http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fortunes-de-France/Benjamin-de-Rothschild-206941
    Coordinates: 46°14’6″N 6°8’34″E http://wikimapia.org/6825620/fr/Chateau-de-Pregny http://www.panoramio.com/photo/77169200

    WHO CONTROLS GOLDMAN SACHS ?
    GOLDMAN SACHS IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH WARREN BUFFET A FRIEND OF THAT FAILED FATHER CALLED JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1080664/Nat-Rothschild-naughty-boy-says-mother-law.html
    Lord JACOB ROTHSCHILD “Hosted the European Economic Round Table conference in 2002 at Waddesdon Manor, attended by such figures as James Wolfensohn, Nicky Oppenheimer, Warren Buffet, and Arnold Schwarzenegger ” https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Jacob_de_Rothschild_bio.htm https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    The same Warren Buffet, that is chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, ” agreed to purchase $5 billion in Goldman’s preferred stock “.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldman_Sachs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkshire_Hathaway
    GOLDMAN SACHS IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD. http://uk.linkedin.com/in/ruperttipler
    http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Christoph-Ladanyi/23971288
    THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD IS OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild )
    http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fortunes-de-France/Benjamin-de-Rothschild-206941
    ” Benjamin de Rothschild, only son of the late Edmond de Rothschild, was a classic case of great expectations gone astray. Despite being groomed for greatness from a young age, as a teenager he skipped university and instead headed for Los Angeles with dreams of being a film producer. In LA he started taking drugs, and ended up on heroin. Meanwhile, he failed to make it into Hollywood’s charmed circle and bombed as a film-maker. ”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/poor-little-rich-boys-1097744.html


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