26 febbraio 2007

Oppio e Afghanistan/2

(fonte: Afghanistan Opium Survey 2004)

The United Nations has announced that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has soared and is expected to increase by 59% in 2006. The production of opium is estimated to have increased by 49% in relation to 2005. The Western media in chorus blame the Taliban and the warlords. The Bush administration is said to be committed to curbing the Afghan drug trade: "The US is the main backer of a huge drive to rid Afghanistan of opium... ". Yet in a bitter irony, US military presence has served to restore rather than eradicate the drug trade.What the reports fail to acknowledge is that the Taliban government was instrumental in implementing a successful drug eradication program, with the support and collaboration of the UN. Implemented in 2000-2001, the Taliban's drug eradication program led to a 94 percent decline in opium cultivation. In 2001, according to UN figures, opium production had fallen to 185 tons. Immediately following the October 2001 US led invasion, production increased dramatically, regaining its historical levels. The Vienna based UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that the 2006 harvest will be of the order of 6,100 tonnes, 33 times its production levels in 2001 under the Taliban government (3200 % increase in 5 years). Cultivation in 2006 reached a record 165,000 hectares compared with 104,000 in 2005 and 7,606 in 2001 under the Taliban.

1 commenti:

vincenzo ha detto...

Davvero grandioso. Sono invidiosissimo perché io non credo che riuscirei a fare questo tipo di ricerche in english. Comunque io sto dalla parte dei talebani. Non vedo l'ora che ogni popolo possa autodeterminarsi liberamente.

Posta un commento