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Afghanistan and Gen. McChrystal's predicament
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When it comes down to the core basics, water is water. If you lack it, life's not too good or prosperous.

You know, if poppies are their thing, let them grow and harvest them. We have to remember that demand influences their production. That's a worthy concept to ponder.

But seriously, like I said before, Afghanistan is a medieval scene. So realistically, they'll do what they need to do in the modern world, as they have few alternatives that come from within their culture and society. Poppies have worked for years, so no change will occur in their paradigm, and we have to understand that.

There's quite a paradox in that, particularly for those of us in the modern world.
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keycocker



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good thoughts Chandler
Understanding the fact that they live in the 13th century is key to understanding the problem. Walking around in jeans and sweatshirt trying to talk to people they acted like I was wearing a spacesuit and floating.Children would touch you and run.
I tried local clothes but may have looked like Spock in that robe in SF in the film. My friends suggested Pakistani knee length shirt and pajama bottoms.They said folks were used to Pakistani foreigners. That worked better.
In those days junkies were rare and the only common drug was hash.I was told hardworking people can't survive if they smoke opium. Now with everyone out of work heroin addiction is rampant. The new bosses we opened the door to brought large scale poppy production because in Turkey they are busting that drug to get in the EU. One of the Northern warlords has a casino and his own Mafia in Turkey. He is a strong conservative US ally -loves George Bush- hates Obama.
Iso has another guy with the same politics as him.
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