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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

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    Three quarters of the world's opium comes from Afghanistan's poppy fields. Burning those fields may help in slowing down the flow of opium to the world.
    America's military is not an international police force to serve the best interests of the world. Using our tax dollars and man power to fight an international drug war is insane in my opinion. Since we went there to fight terrorism, I'm sure it would be best if we took care of that and left nature alone.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    Three quarters of the world's opium comes from Afghanistan's poppy fields. Burning those fields may help in slowing down the flow of opium to the world.
    Nope! Instead, it will force the price of illegal oppiates to increase, of which the end result is more criminal disputes over the increased profit potential. Drug fiends will have a greater incentive to increase the amount of money they spend on dope, via criminal activity, prostitution, etc....

    While burning those fields may piss off the Afghans but it prevents the flow of drugs.
    No it doesn't. Production will shift to Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, etc.... Until that happens, expect it to create waves of violence in the US and abroad.

    I do not especially like the idea of taking the away the livelihood of Afghan citizens; however, if doing so stems the flow of opium to the world while preventing the taliban from reaping profits with which to purchase arms ... well ... maybe it has more positives than negatives.
    So should we invade oil countries to prevent the profits to be used to support the global terrorist threat? Iraq does not count, i am talking about Saudi Arabia and Iran. This option seems quite consistent with your logic.
    It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    [QUOTE=Goldenboy219;1058327570]Nope! Instead, it will force the price of illegal oppiates to increase, of which the end result is more criminal disputes over the increased profit potential. Drug fiends will have a greater incentive to increase the amount of money they spend on dope, via criminal activity, prostitution, etc....



    No it doesn't. Production will shift to Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, etc.... Until that happens, expect it to create waves of violence in the US and abroad.



    So should we invade oil countries to prevent the profits to be used to support the global terrorist threat? Iraq does not count, i am talking about Saudi Arabia and Iran. This option seems quite consistent with your logic.[/
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    When you put it that way, YES!......

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Yes, we should stop burning croplands.

    If the so-called civilized world doesn't want terrorists and criminals to make money selling opiates, eliminate the black market by making the stuff legal.

    Governments have no business whatsoever dictating what people can and cannot put in their own bodies.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    But isn't their economy then based on the illegal drug trade? I mean we can argue whether or not we should do it. Burning their crops definitely makes things harder on us and makes things well more unfriendly. But at the same accord....what they're doing is engaging in illegal drug trade. So it's not like we're burning corn or wheat.
    Yes, of course. The farmers growing opium don't use the money they get from their crop to buy food. Those farmers never eat, in fact.

    Just like the farmers in the US who grow corn never eat whole wheat bread.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afghanistan

    Burning the poppy crop is about as futile and stupid as breaking alcohol barrels during the days of prohibition.
    Have we learning nothing ?
    If a problem truly exists, then, we must go to the root cause.

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Governments have no business whatsoever dictating what people can and cannot put in their own bodies.
    Those are the exact same words a junkie would use to defend his habit. Hmm...

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Quote Originally Posted by medium View Post
    Those are the exact same words a junkie would use to defend his habit. Hmm...
    Are you an authoritarian by any chance?

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    Re: Should we stop burning the poppy fields in Afganistan

    Poppy tastes great inside pastry. OM NOM NOM.

    Burning other peoples fields is bad. Even they're growing drugs.
    I traveled far and wide, and there are many places in Asia and the Mid-East where farmers use drugs they grow as currencies.
    I'm reading the Middle East news. That's how I'm sure I KNOW what I'm talking about.

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