Creating New Enemies in Afghanistan

I think that has to be the net effect of poppy-eradication in Afghanistan. Barnett Rubin continues his excellent series of posts on the matter. This insistence (mainly on the part of the US according to Rubin) on bringing the drug war to Afghanistan and making it a significant part of the West’s policy for the country will surely be one of the things that undoes whatever goodwill NATO has left among the Afghans. By eradicating poppy crops in country where there is precious little that can be grown is surely a way to turn a farmer into a terrorist or terrorist-sympathizer.

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