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Afghan poppies (2 headlines)


THEN: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/20/world/taliban-s-ban-on-poppy-a-success-us-aides-say.html
Taliban's Ban On Poppy A Success, U.S. Aides Say
May 20, 2001

The first American narcotics experts to go to Afghanistan under Taliban rule have concluded that the movement's ban on opium-poppy cultivation appears to have wiped out the world's largest crop in less than a year, officials said today.

NOW: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62K0AX20100321
Marines offer cash in fight against Afghan opium (gee, the other buyers offer cash, too, don't they?) ~t*t
Sun Mar 21, 2010

After weeks of intense fighting over the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, U.S. Marines are now taking cautious aim at the drugs trade, with a program designed to pay opium farmers to destroy their own crops without a fight.

Now, how long after you collect your cash for destroying your field would it take ... for the poppies in your field to mysteriously re-sprout?
Such a clever "stra-tee-ger-ree" makes you wonder why it isn't the same policy used  with American 'growers' back home.

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Rick GComment by Rick G - May 4, 2010, 10:45 am
Our dear Uncle sure has lots of money to throw around...wish he'd throw it to his nieces and nephews.
TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - May 4, 2010, 1:34 pm
Hey Rick, your new avatar is a crack up!
Rick GComment by Rick G - May 4, 2010, 2:31 pm
Thanks T-A! Thought it was appropriate for the times.
time*treatComment by time*treat - May 4, 2010, 2:53 pm
LOL @ Rick. Yeah, our Uncle seems to only want to help out Cousin Goldman.
Comment by GASMETERGUY - May 4, 2010, 10:10 pm
Oh, no. Heroin will be in short supply. How will our politicians get money for their retirement if the drug dealers stop paying off? Oh, the inhumanity of it all. /s

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