Afghanistan and Economic Dependency

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Economic Dependency
The fight for control of Afghanistan’s opium economy has created a powerful entity competing for influence within an already fragile state. Worldwide drug use has led to a steady demand for Afghanistan’s opium and heroin production. The benefits for those involved including workers and farmers who produce the opium to the warlords, commanders, and international traffickers who control its movement, is great. Years after the fall of the Taliban government, some argue that the rebellion is no longer about religion or ideology, but about money and wealth. With almost all of the worlds opium production in Afghanistan most is cultivated in a small areas of southern provinces near the Iranian and Pakistani border, Kandahar,
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One Afghan farmer can make 17 times more growing opium poppy than by growing wheat.
Opium Greed and Our Troops War is seen as a means for control and resources. We once thought of the invasion of Afghanistan as The War on Terror, and it became seen as a way to gain control of their oil production, but little is known about the $1 trillion wealth this country really holds and the interest U.S corporations have taken on the new cash crop known as poppy. We know that the United States government has been found to protect certain drug operations around the globe, for example in 2012, a Mexican government official from Juarez stated that the CIA and other

international security forces “don’t fight drug traffickers but instead manage the drug trade.” Former Representative Ron Paul has even commented about the CIA’s corruption when speaking to a group of students about Iran-Contra: stating “Drug trafficking” is a gold mine for people who want to raise money in the underground government in order to finance projects that they can’t get legitimately… It is very clear that the CIA has been very much involved with drug dealings.” There is no hardcore evidence whether or not the CIA or other U.S security systems are involved in the Afghanistan opium production or distribution

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