6,377. 5/27/2005

“U.S. and NATO forces still failed to develop either a coherent interdiction or an eradication strategy [for opium crops in Afghanistan]. ‘Even now, the Bush administration is disproportionately concentrating on the most visible, but least effective approach, forcible crop eradication, which merely moves the problem around and enriches traffickers by raising the price of their opium holdings,’ said The New York Times [on May 27, 2005].”

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, Page 330

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