Saturday, September 02, 2006


KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 2 — Afghanistan’s opium harvest this year has reached the highest levels ever recorded, showing an increase of almost 50 percent from last year, the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said Saturday in Kabul.

“This year’s harvest will be around 6,100 metric tons of opium — a staggering 92 percent of total world supply. It exceeds global consumption by 30 percent,” Mr. Costa said at a news briefing.

He said the increase in cultivation was significantly fueled by the resurgence of Taliban rebels in the south, the country’s prime opium growing region. As the insurgents have stepped up attacks, they have also encouraged and profited from the drug trade, promising protection to growers if they expanded their opium operations.

This is very bad news for those who support the “War on Terror” and the two decade long “War on Drugs”

However, this is really good news for people who like poppy bagels.


Blogger KleoPatra said...

Why are sea gulls called seagulls?

Because if they flew over the bay, they'd be called bagels.

Love the poppyseeds!

9:58 PM  
Blogger grumpygirl said...

i seem to remember the US going to afghanistan to overthrow the taliban and free the people and stop terrorism and drug trafficking and, lest i forget, assuring us they'd catch bin laden.

now that we've failed at all four tasks, we might as well enjoy those yummy bagels.

1:17 AM  
Blogger LaineyWorld said...

Awesome! Since gas prices are so high, maybe now I can save a few dollars with my smack dealer.

1:38 AM  
Blogger dusty said... did get me with your final line..kudos Peter :)

5:49 PM  

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