February 14th, 2010
10:03 AM ET

Marjah: Center of opium industry

Georgetown University's Christine Fair on the drug crops in Marjah, President Hamid Karzai and the district-level governments.

Filed under: Marjah • Operation Moshtarak
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  1. Insan Mukmin

    Destroying poppy fields in Taliban held areas which allowing poppy fields to flourish in Afghan government held areas is a strategy that will fail in the long run. All poppy fields all around the countrymust be destroyed and not just the ones in Marjah.

    February 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    As long as the CIA orders the US and Allied troops to leave the vast Opium Poppy fields in Afghanistan unmolested and alone, there is NO winning the war in Afghanistan, nor any real victory to be had despite America's considerable efforts.

    Using the Billions of dollars directly from the export of Opium and Heroin, the Taliban can quickly re-equip its forces, buy more weapons, explosives and hand out more Afghanistan govt. bribes than the American and Allied troops can deal with.

    The resulting tidal wave of cheap heroin is literally flooding America's rural county's and America's grade schools in the form of 'cheese heroin' which is specifically targeted for America's grade school children.

    The Obama Administration should tell the CIA 'Hell No' and instruct the Airforce and US Military troops on the ground in Afghanistan to bomb and destroy each and every Opium Poppy field in Afghanistan it can.

    February 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. linda in AR

    Do we know the post-Moshtarak strategy?

    Will NATO find a way to turn the tender spring poppy foliage into silage to feed sheep and then provide seed for other crops that will help feed the malnourished? Will Uncle Sugar provide the price supports to end the usury by the Taliban of the farmers? Maybe import more sheep since wealth can be measured by the size of the flock?

    We know that the poppy eradication program did not work because it was a local-district political disaster. Really think that such a program that changes the agrarian economy will have to come from without since both the Taliban and the Afghan government at many levels benefit from the opium trade.

    February 14, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |