We (the USA) are in Afghanistan trying to hold on to the vestiges of something to stabilize the country and beat back the Taliban, or its morphed creation of whatever zealot group is creating havoc and destruction. This article opens our eyes to the nasty economic development of the poppy growing, which is the raw product for Opium. Think to how successful we are in beating back the Cocaine and drug trade in Mexico and parts farther on down to Colombia. How are we doing in that effort? Can we really exert any influence in cleaning up the agriculture that grows the stuff, and the resulting dark narco-traffic business that corrupts governments and destroys the fabric of social organizations? We spend billions and billions on programs (government assistance and military operation), but is that money and human resources well spent? How do we achieve our goals without bankrupting our own domestic programs?:
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
-- Albert Camus
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