Sheriff Deputies Are Tougher than U.S. Marines
Our local sheriff deputies are tougher than Marines fighting in Afghanistan. At least when it comes to plant byproducts that are sold on the streets in the U.S.
This is the war on drugs Bush Style. What is it with our country and our fascination with heroin especially in war time? Oh and kids, drugs are bad…don’t do drugs…
The Associated Press says: Last week, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit moved into southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium poppy-growing region, and now find themselves surrounded by green fields of the illegal plants that produce the main ingredient of heroin.
…Yet the Marines are not destroying the plants. In fact, they are reassuring villagers the poppies won’t be touched. American commanders say the Marines would only alienate people and drive them to take up arms if they eliminated the impoverished Afghans’ only source of income.
93% of the opium from poppies grown in Afghanistan ends up in the U.S. as heroin.
Marijuana is Kentucky’s largest cash crop. When the sheriff and his Fifes go into the woods, they are looking to slash and burn. They aren’t all that concerned that it may force the Hatfields and the McCoys to join up with the Bloods and the Crips.
One soldier said this,
Poppy fields in Afghanistan are the cornfields of Ohio…
Yes, pot is the biggest cash crop in California too! Even before grapes, oranges and avocados. I’m so proud.
I knew that about the poppies. Americans are so widely hated that I think destroying the poppies would push it over the edge. Things are bad enough in Afghanistan without us wiping out their bread and butter.
Although I agree heroin is evil. The more a mind-altering chemical is distilled into its most concentrated form, the more the potential for addiction and abuse. This is why South American natives can chew coca leaves and not run into trouble, or why people can smoke opium and not end up junkies.
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