Friday, October 13, 2006

The war on drugs will not be won by force

The attacks on the plants appear futile and the plants are victorious even in defeat:

"We tried burning them with white phosphorous -- it didn't work. We tried burning them with diesel -- it didn't work. The plants are so full of water right now ... that we simply couldn't burn them," he said.

Even successful incineration had its drawbacks.

"A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hillier said dryly.

Rolling fields of opium poppies, forests of marijuana . . . do the rivers flow with beer?


Sky Captain said...

Think of the tourism potential.

Deep Trout said...

Grass and beer, how delicious, how delightful.

K. Shoshana said...

Really they need to import some Jamaican know-how. Jamaicans have been pressing weed down to the almost seemingly impossibly small sizes for decades.

Its interesting that when the North America faces a shortage of pharmaceutical morphine we won't let western pharmaceutical companies buy the Afghan opium crop.

Sky Captain said...

Ah, well, that would be bollockly-sorry, politically-unacceptable.