Marines Ignore Poppy Crops to Pacify Afghan Locals

The Associated Press: "The Marines of Bravo Company's 1st Platoon sleep beside a grove of poppies. Troops in the 2nd Platoon playfully swat at the heavy opium bulbs while walking through the fields. Afghan laborers scraping the plant's gooey resin smile and wave. The Taliban, whose fighters are exchanging daily fire with the Marines in Garmser, derives up to $100 million a year from the poppy harvest by taxing farmers and charging safe passage fees -- money that will buy weapons for use against US, NATO and Afghan troops. Yet the Marines are not destroying the plants. In fact, they are reassuring villagers the poppies won't be touched. American commanders say the Marines would only alienate people and drive them to take up arms if they eliminated the impoverished Afghans' only source of income."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050708O.shtml



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=opium
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=poppies

Users Status

You are not logged in.

Recent Updates

Will Turkey Sever Ties...
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the current tension...
rudkla - 24. Sep, 10:49
Merkel macht Stuttgart...
BUND: „Die Baukosten schießen in die Höhe, die Bauplanung...
rudkla - 22. Sep, 05:25
War Is Murder
http://www.lewrockwell.com /kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski25 6.html The...
rudkla - 21. Sep, 09:16
The surge in defense...
Independent Institute by Winslow T. Wheeler 09/18/10 Accordi ng...
rudkla - 21. Sep, 09:12
Amid flooding, CIA resumes...
MSNBC 08/23/10 After a little-noticed, weeks long...
rudkla - 21. Sep, 09:07

Search

 

Status

Online for 6584 days
Last update: 24. Sep, 10:49

Credits


Afghanistan
Animal Protection - Tierschutz
Australia - Australien
Big Brother - NWO
Britain
Chemtrails
Civil Rights - Buergerrechte - Politik
Cuts in Social Welfare - Sozialabbau
Disclaimer - Haftungsausschluss
Environment Protection - Umweltschutz
Forest - Wald
Genetic Engineering - Genmanipulation
Global Warming - Globale Erwaermung
HAARP
Health - Gesundheit
Human Rights - Menschenrechte
... more
Profil
Logout
Subscribe Weblog