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Re: OT--disturbing

The production of opium really took off after the Soviets destroyed many of the orchards that Afghanistan was famous for. The Taliban was somewhat successful in curtailing much of this trade...of course they curtailed much of any trade...except pipelines apparently. In either case the villagers have to make a living somehow and the U.S. doesn't seem over concerned. (Insert tasteless political joke here). There should be a big push to replant those orchards. Anybody heard of someone heading this type of fundraiser? Apples for Afghanistan! Beats M 16's any day.

----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: "Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 3:04 PM
Subject: [CHAT] OT--disturbing

Just heard on NPR [and confirmed by US Army officers in the field] that since the deposing of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the heroin trade has grown to $2 billion a year. The US army says it is waiting for "policy guidance" from Washington before cracking down on dealers and distributors. Afghanistan produces 80 percent of the wold's heroin. Scary.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Zone 10a
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]

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