By Misha Glenny for the Global Initiative Against Organized Crime. I wish to quote from a recent article from the New York Times regarding the efforts to control opium production in Afghanistan:

The United States spent more than $7 billion in the past 14 years to fight the runaway poppy production that has made Afghan opium the world’s biggest brand. Tens of billions more went to governance programs to stem corruption and train a credible police force.

The next quote: “In the district of Garmsir, [which is in firm government control], poppy cultivation not only is tolerated but is a source of money that the local government depends on. Officials have imposed a tax on farmers practically identical to the one the Taliban use in places that they control.”

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