Poppy Don’t Preach
“Large areas of Uruzgan remain Taliban havens. The local government, plagued by corruption, remains so weak that it does not yet have a significant program against soaring poppy production, which helps underwrite the insurgency.”
-from the New York Times, emphasis mine.
Groan. If you think you can fight the war on the Taliban and the war on drugs at the same time, or that the latter is somehow essential to the former, lay off the counter-insurgency crack pipe. This is really simple, kids: if the Taliban is willing to pay Afghan peasants cash-money for the country’s one major cash crop, those Afghan peasants are going to grow and sell those opium-producing poppies. It would be one thing to bomb their best customers if you were willing to step in and buy the product yourself, or at least pay them off not to grow poppies. But if, instead, you bomb their best customers and you spray their poppy crops with pesticides you’re going to get some pissed-off, Taliban-supporting peasants. Even a brain on drugs can understand that simple logic.