Executive Intelligence Review
Subscribe to EIR


More Evidence for Obama Impeachment:
Opium Explosion Is Destroying
The Children in Afghanistan

April 21, 2010 (EIRNS)—Allowing the City of London and Wall Street to sustain themselves from ever-growing opium production in Afghanistan, the Bush and Obama administration have now successfully presided over the destruction of the next generation of the Afghan population. A team of researchers hired by the U.S. State Department has found staggering levels of opium and heroin in Afghan children as young as 14 months. This was just totally unexpected. No one has ever seen this type of exposure in young children. It's never been documented. And it's laying a foundation for drug abuse for a whole generation, said Bruce Goldberger, one of the University of Florida scientists heading up the study, while speaking exclusively to a reporter airing World News.

"This is a doomed generation of children," Goldberger said. "These children are classic opium or heroin addicts. They crave the drug. If the drug is withdrawn, they go through withdrawal."

The picture precisely mirrors the destruction which the British wrought in China through their opium war. Thus the destruction of a generation is on the hands of those who refuse to wage a serious war to eradicate the drugs, as well as the drug-trafficking, as the Russians, and Lyndon LaRouche, have proposed.

A fact sheet prepared by the State Department has some of the raw numbers: In 31 of 42 homes where adult addicts lived, children tested showed signs of significant drug exposure.

Their field testing of homes of known drug users found that small children, even infants, have been passively exposed to heroin and opiates by the adult users in their homes. Both American and Afghan counternarcotics officials said this is a new problem for the country. Only in recent years, as refugees from war fled to Pakistan and Iran, did a significant number of Afghans start using the drugs themselves. When they returned home, they brought both drug use and its noxious byproducts back with them. Compounding the problem is that the drug traffic originating in Afghanistan has changed, with more opium being converted into heroin before it leaves the country's borders.

One Afghan member of Parliament said on April 20 that heroin labs were set up in Helmand province recently, apparently after the British troops took over the opium business in 2006. Dr. Mohammed Zafar, an Afghan counternarcotics official, confirmed that his country "did not have such a problem as we have it presently." And he said his government has few resources to fix it.