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12/09/2004

Reaction to Karzai's anti-Heroin Speech

Sounds promising:

His audience listened politely as he claimed that virtually all the profits from drugs ended up in Western banks and in the pockets of the Taliban "enemies" who helped destroy Afghanistan's once-famed vineyards and orchards.

But he drew loud applause and shouts of agreement when he urged Afghans to recover their dignity by ridding the country of a trade which he said could return it to the status of international pariah.

"Let's make a promise today: that whether there will be any support from the international community or not, we will destroy the poppy fields," he said to cheers. "If we don't eradicate poppies, this international community will turn their face from us. If that happens, you will remember this day."
Karzai, inaugurated just days ago, is in the middle of a conference on how to combat opium production. For more details on the problem, see here, here, and here.

 

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