More of the same as history repeats itself anew – something the Russians, and also the British had to face in the fight in Afghanistan also similar to battles in Indo-china to the Vietnam war. insurgents often use smuggling, narcotics, and, other illicit trade items to fund the fights they carry on. It is often why some regions of the world are kept in a impoverished state with little education and infrastructure in areas where the narco-trade exists to make people Dependant on the growing, cultivating, and consumption of narcotics to allow for cartels to sell and function and provide local communities with a all empowering control over thier areas of production.
At the US house of representatives – there is talk of funding a war on drugs linked to the war vs. terror. A realizaton is seen and acceptance to what the US military and drug agencies have been saying that narcotics and insurgent extremist groups are linked.
!– D([“mb”,”the anti-planting message, particularly with NATO\’s International Security\u003cbr /\>Assistance Force, is also a welcome step.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>What the plan lacks is the recognition that Afghanistan is approaching a\u003cbr /\>crisis point, and that immediate action is required to eliminate the threat\u003cbr /\>of drug kingpins and cartels allied with terrorists so we can reverse the\u003cbr /\>country\’s steady slide into a potential failed narco-state.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>In June, the House overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that\u003cbr /\>requires the appointment of a coordinator for Afghanistan and paves the way\u003cbr /\>for greater assistance for counter-narcotics programs by the U.S. and our\u003cbr /\>allies including the elite Colombian National Police anti-drug unit.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>We urge the Senate to adopt legislation that will put in place an effective\u003cbr /\>counter-narcotics strategy in Afghanistan.\u003cbr /\>\u003c/div\>”,0] ); D([“ce”]); //–>”… Recognition of the need for a comprehensive long-term strategy to fight the growing cancer of opium and eroin production in Afghanistan. We welcome greater use of financial ncentives to deter poppy production and appropriate penalties for those who ontinue to engage in illicit drug trafficking. Improving coordination of the anti-planting message, particularly with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, is also a welcome step.
What the plan lacks is the recognition that Afghanistan is approaching a
crisis point, and that immediate action is required to eliminate the threat
of drug kingpins and cartels allied with terrorists so we can reverse the
country’s steady slide into a potential failed narco-state.
In June, the House overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that
requires the appointment of a coordinator for Afghanistan and paves the way
for greater assistance for counter-narcotics programs by the U.S. and our
allies including the elite Colombian National Police anti-drug unit.
We urge the Senate to adopt legislation that will put in place an effective
counter-narcotics strategy in Afghanistan. …”
Joint Statement of Lantos and Ros-Lehtinen on Announcement of Revised Counter-narcotics Strategy in Afghanistan
But what the committee fails to see is that this is happening also in Iraq and other areas where the groups lke Al Qaeda and its allies exist. The Narcotics trade and other fast revenue generation criminal issues like counterfeiting, piracy, IPR theft, internet scams, donation drive using false NGO groups – even front organizations that mimic legitimate peoples groups also function sometimes linked and tied to legitimate NGO organizations in order to create discord at times and also raise funds for groups engaged in acts of terrorism. Is this happening here? Public statements show as much but it is often given little value in media reports.
Nearly every former hostage I interviewed over the years freed after being held by extremist groups also mention that many of the members of the organizations were under the influence of narcotics – more often than not shabu or methamphetmine hydrocloride.
In areas of their control or influence the varied extremist organizations in Rasia from southern Thailand to Indonesia, and Malaysia as well as here often turn up in raids involving thier members which is an indication of at partipation for purposes of funding.
The Question now is what else are they using to raise funds – and – the ironic impact on the very so called purist societies the extremists say they want to create built on illicit trade and criminal actions like kidnapping for ransom and piracy leave moderates wondering after seeing the Taliban model of the society created that resembles a nothing more than drug lord kingdom hiding under a cloak of religion.