Cocaine, Heroin, and the Cold War

This is a work in progress.  I hope to write a cohesive article about the role of drugs in international politics, and examine the current heroin epidemic, as well as the reasons why Afghanistan holds so much interest to the USA and formerly to the USSR. 

A rough overview of my ideas goes as follows:

I’m just utterly fascinated by how the vast majority of world history over the past 40 years can be summed up into who gets to control the world’s heroin supply.

People don’t seem to be very aware of the fact that that’s why both the USSR and USA wanted (and continue to want) Afghanistan so badly.

I mean, look at the way 9/11 plays into all of this: a bunch of Saudi Arabians, Lebanese, and Egyptians financed by a Saudi Arabian guy sheltered by Pakistanis supposedly crashes some planes into our buildings, and the response is that we have to invade Afghanistan?

The majority of the world’s cocaine comes from Columbia and nearby countries in South and Central America. The majority of the world’s Opium comes from Afghanistan. The entire West vs. East conflict during the Cold War could be summed up as “cocaine vs. heroin”. And so to this I would add something about Oliver North’s little “Secret Wars” in places like Honduras and Nicaragua, making deals with drug cartels to import shitloads of cocaine into the country and turn it into crack to break the Black Panthers.

So yeah, there is the entire thing, summed up in 3 or 4 paragraphs. The “Cold War” never ended, it is still very much going on today. We spent the 80’s securing the world’s cocaine supply, and so far the 2000’s have been about controlling the world’s heroin supply. Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and oil certainly deserve a footnote in the story, but that’s it in a nutshell.

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Children taking a break from work in an opium field in Afghanistan.  These children are harvesting the raw materials for the substance which is decimating world populations and fueling the Empires that keep us down. 

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