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    Canada troops battle 10-ft Afghan marijuana plants

    Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:09 PM BST
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    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy -- almost impenetrable forests of 10-feet (three metre) high marijuana plants.

    General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defence staff, said on Thursday that Taliban fighters were using the forests as cover. In response, the crew of at least one armored car had camouflaged their vehicle with marijuana.

    "The challenge is that marijuana plants absorb energy, heat very readily. It's very difficult to penetrate with thermal devices ... and as a result you really have to be careful that the Taliban don't dodge in and out of those marijuana forests," he said in a speech in Ottawa.

    "We tried burning them with white phosphorous -- it didn't work. We tried burning them with diesel -- it didn't work. The plants are so full of water right now ... that we simply couldn't burn them," he said.


    Even successful incineration had its drawbacks.

    "A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hiller said dryly.

    One soldier told him later: "Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I'd say 'That damn marijuana'."
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    The old Flamethrowers from WWII would do it ... would they see "JAH".

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    Now we know why all the dems want to concentrate on Afganistan and not Iraq. ;)
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    Ahhh...the "Fun Smoke".

    I went to Jamaica once about 20 years ago...no sooner did my feet touch earth and all I could here is "Fun Smoke" , fun smoke.....fun smoke...fun smoke. I can still see those guys running around saying that...I'm good...I'm good. Anything they asked me or told me and I had the same answer..."all set....I'm good".
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    For Christ Sake legalize it, Americans LOVE it, it should be sold in Wal Mart.
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    yeah Harry ... these 2 people want to be the 1st new greeters at that store.
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