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Terrorism & The War On Drugs

An News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski
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Published On: 12/02.01          Updated On: April 13, 2002
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If Afghanistan stops exporting terrorism 
and resumes its former status 
as a leading exporter 
of a deadly addictive drugs, 
it would be a hollow American victory. 

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Terrorism & The War On Drugs

It is a bitter twist of irony that America's victory in Afghanistan - the opening salvo in what promises to be a larger global war on terrorism - may also foretell a setback in another, ongoing war; the war against drugs.  As a result of our new war against terrorism, Afghanistan will no longer be a leading exporter of terrorism.  Tragically, it may resume its former status as a leading exporter of a deadly addictive drug.  

Afghanistan is one of the poorest nations on earth. It is also one of the world's leading producer of opium poppies. For all of its faults, the Taliban regime at least kept the lid on opium production; according to the United Nations Drug Control Program, the production of raw opium fell from more than a million pounds in 1999 to about 40,600 pounds this year.

But now the Taliban is in retreat. An uneasy alliance of warlords and rival tribes will make governing the mountainous nation all the more difficult. And already reeling from years of war, the people of Afghanistan are facing starvation and unrelenting poverty.

Against that backdrop, the temptation to grow poppies to help feed the habits of millions of addicts around the world, America included, is nearly irresistable. Last week, the New York Times cited the example of one poor Afghan farmer who earned $13,000 by growing 2.5 acres of poppies. Growing wheat or vegetables might have earned that same farmer $100, the Times said.

"This is my message to the world," Abdul Wakil, the Afghan farmer told the Times. "Help us establish industries in Afghanistan. We are a tough people, hard workers, and we would happily quit the cultivation of poppy. But here there are no industries, no factories, nothing, and we need to take the money from the one remaining source." 

The case for rebuilding Afghanistan's ruined economy on sheer humanitarian grounds is compelling. But beyond that, pragmatism  and national self-interest dictate that the Bush Administration pay heed to Wakil's "message to the world." If Afghanistan ceases to be a leading exporter of terrorism and resumes it former status as the world's exporter of a deadly addictive drug, it would be a hollow American victory indeed. 

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Terence T. Gorski is an internationally recognized expert on substance abuse, mental health, and related criminal justice issues.  He is well known for his contributions to relapse prevention, managing chemically dependent offenders, and developing community-based teams for managing the problems of alcohol, drugs, and crime.  He is President of the CENAPS Corporation, a training and consultation firm of founded in 1982 that is committed to providing the most advanced training and consultation in the chemical dependency and behavioral health fields.

Gorski has also developed skills training workshops and a series of low-cost book, workbooks, pamphlets, audio and videotapes. He also works with a team of trainers and consultants who can assist individuals and programs to utilize his ideas and methods.
Terry Gorski is available for personal and program consultation, lecturing, and clinical skills training workshops. He also routinely schedules workshops, executive briefings, and personal growth experiences for clinicians, program managers, and policymakers.

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