March 04, 2005 - 06:14 PM
from Report: Afghanistan Near Drug-State Status
[Why Did We Invad? For Oil Pipeline And Opium Poppy]
More than three years after installing a
pro-U.S. government, Afghanistan has been unable
to contain opium poppy production and is on the verge
of becoming a narcotics state, a presidential report
said Friday.The report said the area in Afghanistan
devoted to poppy cultivation last year set a record
of more than 510,000 acres, more than triple the figure
for 2003. Opium poppy is the raw material for heroin.
The Afghan narcotics situation
"represents an enormous threat to world stability,"
It listed opium production at 5,445 tons,
17 times more than second-place Myanmar.
by George Gedda