This morning I read this article from Reuters online titled “US memo faults Karzai over Afghan heroin.”. The article states in part that “U.S. officials said in a memo to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this month that a poppy eradication program aimed at Afghanistan’s heroin trade was ineffective partly because of President Hamid Karzai’s leadership.”
This is clearly another example of the hypocrisy and stupidity of the Dubya Bush regime, and his lackey Condoleezza Rice. First they make a mess out of Afghanistan with almost all the world behind them because of September 11, then they make an even bigger mess in Iraq. With most of their attention on Iraq, the Bush regime of fundamentalist Christian neo-conservatives seemed to forget about Afghanistan, allowed the CIA paid warlords to take control of the countryside again and poppy growing and heroin production started on the rise. Now Afghanistan supplies 87 percent of the heroin sold worldwide. Even the stupid fundamentalist Islamic Taliban eliminated poppy production, why can’t the US? After all, don’t they control the country? Hmmm, probably not by a long shot.
Even though I abhor what this United States government regime is attempting to impose upon the rest of the world and delight in exposing its culpability and its creation of the killing fields in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries by its foolish actions, I am also saddened that the US, from where I came, could stoop so low. In the eyes of most of the world (outside the US), the US is a bully, trying to cram down the throats of the rest of us, its consumerist ideals and attempting to control the world’s oil supply. Saying it is exporting democracy and freedom as its reasoning for unleasing this terror on the world only makes the US a laughingstock.
If the US government is so concerned about poppy production in Afghanistan why doesn’t it just burn the fields and help the farmers grow wheat and other crops? Also why doesn’t the US government decry the sale of tobacco products worldwide? After all tobacco kills more people annually than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.