From the Christian Science Monitor:
In Afghanistan, where the wars on heroin and terrorism intersect, the narcotics side is winning.
The cultivation of Afghan poppies, whose opium is the raw material for heroin, more than tripled last year. That’s according to the State Department’s annual report on global narcotics, released Friday.
Opium-trade proceeds help finance Taliban remnants and other terrorists, and with 40 to 60 percent of the economy now dependent on this trade, the country is verging on becoming a narco state, the report warned. As the source of about 90 percent of the world’s heroin, Afghanistan is “an enormous threat to world stability.”
Is it time to take the value out of illegal drugs? With the threat of terrorism, the cost of being unthinkably ineffective in the so-called war on drugs has risen several notches.