Yes that's right - our once proud Armed Forces is now in the business of being Narcs. Below is a comment I left on CBC forums in regards to the plan by our so-called representatives in Parliament to begin targetting those farmers selling opium to 'Terrorists' (what not the CIA???).
The only way to eradicate the black market, crime and corruption which comes with trade in an illegal substance is to legalise it - period.
Impact of Crop Eradication in Afghanistan and lessons learned from Latin American to South East Asia
See part 3:
3 The impact of opium poppy eradication in Afghanistan
3.1 Social tension
3.2 The self-fulfilling prophecy of eradication: Higher prices and
higher profits for traffickers
3.3 Shifting opium cultivation
3.4 Eradication as an impediment to Afghanistan’s reconstruction
It has been demonstrated time and again that prohibition of a substance does not work.
Addiction, whether to legal or illegal substances or vices is a HEALTH issue and should be dealt with accordingly.
The only thing which prohibition encourages is corruption, inflated profits and turf 'wars'. It did not work for alcohol (besides making a few people VERY wealthy) and will not work for any substance.
Let the Afghan people use all of the resources which are available to them in their land - allow for legal production of opium and allow for production of associated medicines in situ.
Unless the goal is further radicalisation of the population, the current approach to the problems of drug abuse (not use) are inconsistent with logical thinking. One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Prohibition has never worked and often makes the problems worse.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Listen to these brave men and women speak out about the draconian War on Drugs - they should know as they were in it.