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Drugs And War Don’t Mix Well

Reports from Afghanistan make clear the Taliban rely on money obtained from the drug trade to fuel their war against the West and the Karzai government. A new UN report indicates not only is the drug trade a key issue in Afghanistan, but all along the route from Asia to Europe and America millions of people are caught up in drugs and it has led to a rise in HIV/Aids as well as corrupting local officials. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates: “the Afghan opiate trade fuels consumption and addiction in countries along drug trafficking routes before reaching main consumer markets in Europe.” In other words, Afghanistan drugs generate funds to pay for arms and pay as well as creating havoc along the way.

How about a simple solution– legalize drugs and place the entire drug enterprise under government control. Western nations could purchase the entire Afghan opium production to ensure the Taliban does not make money and it could establish education and curing addiction programs. But, then again, that is the simple solution.

Millions Of Afghans Living In Iran

A recurrent theme of the Bush administration on how Iran has supported terrorism and is a hindrance in the fight to create a democratic Afghanistan. It has been well documented that during the American invasion of Afghanistan assistance was provided by Iranian intelligence sources since Iran has long detested the Taliban. Seyed Taqui Qaemi, head of the Iranian Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants, estimates up to 12.5% of the Afghanistan population is now residing in Iran. His figures indicate their are now 2,000,640 Afghan refugees current in his country and they are being provided health, cultural, educational and social services. His office has also help provide literacy education to some 602,000 Afghans. He offered figures that 12,000 Afghans have graduated from Iranian universities and there are currently 3,700 Afghans attending college in Iran.

These figures suggest it would be in the best interest for Iran to have a stable Afghanistan which can provide employment and education for refugees now scattered in Iran and other nations of Asia. The Iranian government is also compelled to focus large resources to deal with the extensive trade in drugs coming from Afghanistan which has resulted in thousands of Iranian drug addicts. It is unfortunate the Bush administration is blind to the joint interests of the United States and Iran in working to end violence in Afghanistan.