Saturday, February 03, 2007
Thanks to the anonymous commentator who posted the link to a 19,000 word essay on 'The Global Drug Meta Group' by Peter Dale Scott. Scott manages to chuck virtually everything but the kitchen sink into this ambitious attempt at a drugs-based Unified Conspiracy Theory and I hadn't read it before. Scott also came up with a Poem-based version, complete with marginal, finger-pointing notes.
A fine effort which might even include some grains of truth.
And on the subject of grains, out of curiosity I just ran up a quick spreadsheet to get a feel for how much the Afghan opium trade is worth at UK street prices
It's something in the order of £82,000,000,000
Which is quite a lot.
If you live or spend any time in, how can I put it?, some of the more ‘marginal’ areas of our cities you’d have to be blind not to have noticed that hard drugs are becoming more of an issue. You’d also have to be blind not to notice the coincidence of all sorts of apparently unrelated developments, here and overseas, that have served to bolster and facilitate the drugs trade. Maybe they 'just happened', maybe there’s at least some element of direction.
The possibility of some level of co-ordination is at least worth thinking about. The impact of the drugs trade ultimately affects us all. Something like 70% of all prisoners in UK prisons have a drugs problem. And no matter how many of these people we lock up the problem just gets worse and worse. The reason could be that we are simply locking the wrong people up and leaving the real culprits to carry on with their trade. A possibility that is barely touched by the mainstream media. And there is certainly enough money in play to secure an awful lot of influence and misdirection.
Then there’s the ongoing farce in Afghanistan. Our Poor Bloody Infantry have been titting around and getting shot over there for something like five or six years. During which time annual opium production has risen from effectively nothing to something like 6,000 tonnes.
Now here’s the thing...
To believe that our government could, by any stretch of the imagination, genuinely have thought that 3,000 poorly equipped soldiers could have capped opium production in the roughest part of Afghanistan requires a belief in establishment stupidity that is verging on the, er, unbelievable.
Imagine playing a game where you have to name the worst possible place in the world to attempt to invade and pacify with a small occupying force, or even a large occupying force. A country that has proven to be, time and again, a graveyard for invading armies. A country whose people are so militarised, so hard-living and so accustomed to slaughtering foreign infidels that it virtually qualifies as their national sport...
Tell you what, I’ll go first