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http://www.larouchepac.com/news/2009/01/30/brawl-inside-nato-over-afghan-war-drugs.html
A Brawl Inside NATO over Afghan War on Drugs

January 30, 2009 (LPAC)--A policy war has erupted inside NATO, over the issue of whether or not to shut down the massive Afghan opium trade, that finances and fuels the insurgency. On Jan. 28, the German news magazine Der Spiegel leaked the contents of a classified directive from NATO Commander Gen. John Craddock (USA), giving NATO troops in Afghanistan the authority to go after drug traffickers, regardless of whether there is advance evidence of their ties to the Taliban and other insurgents. Der Spiegel quoted the directive, which was sent on Jan. 5 to Egon Ramms, the top German official at the NATO command in Brunssum, Netherlands, where the Afghan force is headquartered, informing him that "it is no longer necessary to produce intelligence or other evidence that each particular drug trafficker or narcotics facility in Afghanistan meets the criteria of being a military objective." In other words, Gen. Craddock approved the targeting of the drug apparatus.

Craddock's leaked letter said that NATO's defense ministers had given him the authority to go after the drug pushers in a meeting in October, 2008
. Getting such a go-ahead from NATO's Ministerial Council, against British opposition, has long been an objective of patriotic U.S. officers.

Der Spiegel's leak of the classified document claimed that top NATO officials, including Ramms, and Gen. David McKiernan, the ground commander of all NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, are opposed to the Craddock order; this is improbable, at least in McKiernan's case. It would appear that the Der Spiegel leak is aimed at sabotaging the NATO policy shift, a shift based on clear evidence that the entire Afghan insurgency is driven and funded by the opium trade. In a recent speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Gen. McKiernan argued that the opium trade is the wellspring of the insurgency, and that no success is possible without the elimination of the opium trade. In an earlier speech at the same Atlantic Council, Gen. Barry McCaffrey had denounced the British, by name, for sabotaging any efforts to change the NATO rules of engagement and allow for the elimination of the opium.

Now, the British press and sympathetic German Green politicians are trying to use the leaks to demand Craddock's resignation.

Lyndon LaRouche said today that "the real issue is that the United States and other countries are sending troops in as suckers to get killed for no purpose, while the British are promoting drug trafficking out of the area. It's simple; that's what's happening. Either we stop the drug trafficking, or we lose civilization.

"And the drug trafficking is a form of warfare tantamount to international terrorism," he concluded.
"Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate … It will purge the rottenness out of the system..." - Andrew Mellon, Secretary of Treasury, 1929.

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Re: NATO in-fighting on wheather to suspend opium trade in Afghanistan
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2009, 11:59:25 pm »
Nice, by allowing the opium trade to flourish the military industrial complex reaps profits from drug trafficking, while also conveniently funding an enemy for them to fight in an endless war for profit.  Sound about right?

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Re: NATO in-fighting on wheather to suspend opium trade in Afghanistan
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2009, 12:00:35 am »
Nice, by allowing the opium trade to flourish the military industrial complex reaps profits from drug trafficking, while also conveniently funding an enemy for them to fight in an endless war for profit.  Sound about right?
100% right
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Re: NATO in-fighting on wheather to suspend opium trade in Afghanistan
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2009, 12:03:25 am »
Interestingly enough, of all people, Sen. John Kerry has recently compared Afghanistan to the Vietnam War and slammed the whole operation in the Senate......
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2009, 12:07:00 am »
Interestingly enough, of all people, Sen. John Kerry has recently compared Afghanistan to the Vietnam War and slammed the whole operation in the Senate......

Probably not getting the cut he feels he deserves.

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Re: NATO in-fighting on wheather to suspend opium trade in Afghanistan
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2009, 12:09:02 am »
Probably not getting the cut he feels he deserves.
You are right on... He was designated to be Sec. of State and Obama picked Clinton........ From what i have heard atleast.
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Re: NATO in-fighting on wheather to suspend opium trade in Afghanistan
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2009, 12:32:07 am »
strange how Opium was at its lowest level in Afghanistan when the Taliban was at the peak of it's power, now they are on the run, opium cultivation has never been higher, plus now the US is seeing more Afghan opium than ever, in fact Afghan opium didn't really even touch US shores.
Makes you wonder how many of those coffins drapped with the flag have soldiers in them and how many have opium.
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2009, 12:46:58 am »
strange how Opium was at its lowest level in Afghanistan when the Taliban was at the peak of it's power, now they are on the run, opium cultivation has never been higher, plus now the US is seeing more Afghan opium than ever, in fact Afghan opium didn't really even touch US shores.
Makes you wonder how many of those coffins drapped with the flag have soldiers in them and how many have opium.

When the Vietnam war was going on there was a wide variety of pot, from all over the world. Lot's of hash too. (or so I'm told) ;) The Feds have been involved in the drug trade for quite a while.

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Re: NATO in-fighting on wheather to suspend opium trade in Afghanistan
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2009, 01:01:36 am »
policy war has erupted inside NATO - disagreements over the profits of the heroin trade now that they have the Albanians under control....

Soros Soros Soros..... spells the same in reverse

Don't Forget Yugoslavia! Bush AND Clinton need to be tried for warcrimes!

The KLA has always been the armed wing of this Albanian Mafia. Its humiliating defeat at the hands of the Serbs was rather embarrassing for the United States. It was bad enough that the KLA was so lousy at fighting. Despite their sophisticated weaponry they could not stop 40,000 Serb regular and paramilitary forces from throwing out, in a matter, of a few weeks, 800,000 Albanians. But at least they could pay for their weapons.

Without the heroin money, however, they would no longer even be able to do that. NATO had to intervene. (NATO/Soros) It could not allow such a lucrative business to slip through its fingers.

The Balkan Route starts at the poppy fields of Pakistan and Central Asia, goes through Turkey and ends up in Western Europe. Yugoslavia's collapse into civil war in the early 1990s meant that heroin traders needed to find a more secure route. The heroin now went through Albania. Using the overland route drugs travel from Turkey to Greece and then to Macedonia. Albanians then transport the drugs by truck to the ports of Vlore and Durres [in Albania]. From there it is ferried by small craft either north toward the Dalmatian coast [Croatia] or across the Adriatic to Italy. Then it is taken to Germany and Switzerland.

The respected Jane's Intelligence Review recently reported: "Albania has become the crime capital of Europe. The most powerful groups in the country are organized criminals who use Albania to grow, process, and store a large percentage of the illegal drugs destined for Western Europe... Albanian criminal gangs are actively supporting the war in Kosovo."


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