Opium Wars

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Despite the United States best efforts in the "War on Drugs" and the "War on Terror", Islamic fundamentalist groups in Afghanistan still rake in half a billion dollars a year in the opium trade. Gretchen Peters has covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for over a decade. Her book is called Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Event: Gretchen Peters will be reading and signing books
Monday, May 18, at 7:00 pm
Half King
505 West 23rd Street, at Tenth Avenue


Gretchen Peters

Comments [7]

the truth from bkny

Neither is going away as long as there are certain americans that are profiting.

May. 12 2009 01:56 PM
Barton Campbell from Jersey City

Actually your guest is wrong, there is already legal production of opium in Afghanistan and has been for years.

May. 12 2009 01:56 PM
hjs from 11211

oil pays for terror when are we going to get rid of oil.

May. 12 2009 01:48 PM
Brian from Lower Manhattan

What about the new plan that was announced recently to go after the Taliban side of the opium trade?

May. 12 2009 01:45 PM
Barton Campbell from Jersey City

Why is legal growing of opium never mentioned? All morphine and codeine is made from opium. The United Nations allows legal production of opium in Afghanistan, Turkey and I believe a third country to supply this legal market for pharmaceutical production. It amounts to hundreds of tons a year.

May. 12 2009 01:44 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Is there anything the Afghan gov't., or even the US gov't., could do to support the growing of substitute crops by farmers currently opium poppies? Possibly on the model of Sarah Chayes' Arghand but on a much larger scale?

May. 12 2009 01:43 PM
Gabrielle from Brooklyn

I have heard the idea of cultivating poppies for prescription drug use. This would allow Afghanis to make money legally from poppy farming. Does your guest know if this is a viable option? It appears to make a lot of sense.

Yhank you.


May. 12 2009 09:10 AM

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