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Thread: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    As long as the Taliban are buying weapons with the proceeds from Opium sales, the poppies must be destroyed.

    No drugs = no drug money = no weapons for terrorists.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    As long as the Taliban are buying weapons with the proceeds from Opium sales, the poppies must be destroyed.

    No drugs = no drug money = no weapons for terrorists.
    That's naive. They will get weapons anyway. Burning the poppies just pisses the locals off and they won't help us...a far greater threat than the Taliban having more AKs.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    According to Bill Hillar, retired Colonel of the U.S. Army Special Forces, claimed that the US was actually escorting some poppy shipments out of Afghanistan and often looked the other way even as far back as 2004.
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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    According to Bill Hillar, retired Colonel of the U.S. Army Special Forces, claimed that the US was actually escorting some poppy shipments out of Afghanistan and often looked the other way even as far back as 2004.
    Good. Poppy farmers + happy = Good for U.S.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    As long as the Taliban are buying weapons with the proceeds from Opium sales, the poppies must be destroyed.

    No drugs = no drug money = no weapons for terrorists.
    Except you ignore the large financing they get from the Gulf and from within Pakistan.

    If burning the opium causes the populace to support the insurgents, we should stop burning the opium. No insurgency can survive without the support of the locals. Pissing off the locals to the point where they actively work against us is not the road to success.
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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Except you ignore the large financing they get from the Gulf and from within Pakistan.

    If burning the opium causes the populace to support the insurgents, we should stop burning the opium. No insurgency can survive without the support of the locals. Pissing off the locals to the point where they actively work against us is not the road to success.
    Ok. That's a good point.

    You're probably correct.

    I just like the idea of denying the Taliban funds and weapons.

    Last edited by Vader; 10-16-09 at 03:41 PM.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by mikhail View Post
    Can we at least do this how can we expect to achieve results when we are burning away their economy.
    we should just get the hell out.

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    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    As long as the Taliban are buying weapons with the proceeds from Opium sales, the poppies must be destroyed.

    No drugs = no drug money = no weapons for terrorists.
    U guys like zombies. Propaganda from your media flooded everywhere. Terrorists... What kind of moron need to be to be unable to understand some simple things? They live at their own land. And when enemy is invaded at their homeland they start to fight for FREEDOM. Just imagine what would you do if for example Chinese or Russians invaded at your homeland? Kill your nations and bombed buildings? Terrorists... You guys true zombie.

    Iíll give u some info. Since Afghanistan invasion its drug production were increased at 44 times! Itís not Taliban have money from drug selling, all money goes to NATO and USA. Drugs under control of NATO growth and produced in Afghan, after that it goes by military airplanes on Kosovo airbase, and there it given to albanian gangsters for sell by little parties to all over the Europe.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by molten View Post
    U guys like zombies. Propaganda from your media flooded everywhere. Terrorists... What kind of moron need to be to be unable to understand some simple things? They live at their own land. And when enemy is invaded at their homeland they start to fight for FREEDOM. Just imagine what would you do if for example Chinese or Russians invaded at your homeland? Kill your nations and bombed buildings? Terrorists... You guys true zombie.

    Iíll give u some info. Since Afghanistan invasion its drug production were increased at 44 times! Itís not Taliban have money from drug selling, all money goes to NATO and USA. Drugs under control of NATO growth and produced in Afghan, after that it goes by military airplanes on Kosovo airbase, and there it given to albanian gangsters for sell by little parties to all over the Europe.
    "U" is not a word.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Scorched earth tactics may work well against invading armies with poor logisitcal support, but it doesn't work well against insurgencies. Guerilla warfare is all about getting the people on your side. Military actions are not ends unto themselves. Illegal or not, the poppy fields are the mainstay of the Afghan economy. Getting rid of them (which the military cannot do) or trying to simply deprives many people of a better quality of life, sending them into the arms of the enemy.

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