We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, November 14, 2013

U.S. Occupation Leads to All-Time High Afghan Opium Production

Click here to access article from Washington's Blog.

The blogger includes many tell-tale pictures of US soldiers patrolling through the poppy fields of Afghanistan. 

Consider these well-documented facts. Before the US invasion the Taliban had successfully banned poppy production for the heroin market. The promotion of hard-core drugs by the US military and other agencies has a well-formed history dating back to CIA covert funding of the Kuomintang's fight against Mao Zedong forces in the Chinese civil war following WWII, then during the Vietnam War, funding the US-backed contra rebels and their terrorism (Iran-Contra affair) against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, and even facilitating the importation of drugs to the Black ghettos of the US. It seems that the Empire's directors are fond of using methods that destabilize societies by sponsoring terrorist groups, false flag operations, and drug production and distribution.