NATO will allow attacks on Afghan drug networks

Signaling a major shift in strategy for the trans-Atlantic alliance, NATO defense ministers agreed Friday to allow direct attacks on Afghanistan’s drug networks.

The accord means that troops will be able to attack drug operations provided they obtain authorization from their own governments. NATO officials stressed that only drug producers aiding the insurgency would be targeted. [What? – our drug dealers are OK?] The alliance actions will not be open-ended, lasting only until the Afghan security forces are able to take on the task themselves.

“NATO can act in concert with the Afghans against facilities and facilitators supporting the insurgency, subject to the authorization of respective nations,” an alliance spokesman, James Appathurai, said.

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has repeatedly asked NATO to take on more responsibility for dealing with the drug lords. It is unclear, however, if the alliance will need a new UN Security Council resolution. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, operates under a UN mandate.

I’ve railed about destroying common sense with Western religious morality, forever.

Even if enough brains can’t be brought to bear on legalizing drugs and taking the criminal networks out of the loop – Afghan farmers probably don’t make a grand or two a year from their poppy crops while poppy farmers in New Zealand have a guaranteed sale to drugs manufacturers.

The Kiwis bring in $40-50K a year in US dollars.

2 thoughts on “NATO will allow attacks on Afghan drug networks

  1. james357 says:

    **The alliance actions will not be open-ended, lasting only until the Afghan security forces are able to take on the task themselves.**

    Seems like I’ve heard that before. Ten years later, some US president will still be promising global disaster is his will isn’t obeyed.

    I’m starting to think those “warnings” about disaster are threats of a designed disaster as punishment, as opposed to a unwelcomed disaster which is impossible to prevent.

  2. god says:

    Interesting appearance of Oliver Stone on MSNBC, tonight. Ostensibly promo for “W” – but, he can’t help waxing philosophical.

    Asked about the importance of release prior to the election, his reply was like – “I spent 30 years working to prevent another VietNam after what I saw there, after what we did there.”

    “Something as short-term as the next election is not what I’m about. I’m just as worried about another Iraq in 2020 or 2040. I hope Americans learn this, sooner or later.”

    Pretty profound interview for a 3-minute spot.

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