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Iraq's deadly new export... Opium

Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by DarrylS, May 23, 2007.

  1. DarrylS

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    Guess the rice farmers in Southern Iraq have found a more profitable crop to export to the US, just what we need is another source of dope..

    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2573299.ece

    Farmers in southern Iraq have started to grow opium poppies in their fields for the first time, sparking fears that Iraq might become a serious drugs producer along the lines of Afghanistan.

    Rice farmers along the Euphrates, to the west of the city of Diwaniya, south of Baghdad, have stopped cultivating rice, for which the area is famous, and are instead planting poppies, Iraqi sources familiar with the area have told The Independent.

    The shift to opium cultivation is still in its early stages but there is little the Iraqi government can do about it because rival Shia militias and their surrogates in the security forces control Diwaniya and its neighbourhood. There have been bloody clashes between militiamen, police, Iraqi army and US forces in the city over the past two months.

    The shift to opium production is taking place in the well-irrigated land west and south of Diwaniya around the towns of Ash Shamiyah, al Ghammas and Ash Shinafiyah. The farmers are said to be having problems in growing the poppies because of the intense heat and high humidity. It is too dangerous for foreign journalists to visit Diwaniya but the start of opium poppy cultivation is attested by two students from there and a source in Basra familiar with the Iraqi drugs trade.
     
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    maybe this will be like when the british used their colony of india to grow opium and then ship it to china?
     
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    America LOVES it's drugs and the American people want their drugs and the American people will get their drugs one way or another.

    LEGALIZE it and you will put these bastards out of business this afternoon.

    Dopes.
     

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