A POORLY CONSIDERED FIGHT?
PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 218
George Washington University
PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 218
George Washington University
[In the following article by Joshua Kucera from the Soros’ website Eurasianet,Why Is It So Hard To Stop Central Asia’s Drug Trade?, he asks the wrong question. He should be asking if it is even possible to stop the drugs, or who really wants to stop the drug traffic there. Certainly the locals do not want to see the drug trade end, since it is the only source of cash in many remote areas, and the black market is the only source of supplies. For such areas, where smuggling networks have operated for years, loyalties have been bought, creating reliable border-crossing methods that have worked well for years. American efforts, based on attempts to seal those borders and creating suspicion about everyone within them (whether they are criminals or spies) will have little effect upon such clan-based networks, but they will probably generate all the inside information that CIA/DEA/FBI agents will need to compromise local military and government officials.
This is the US counternarcotics strategy as it has been worked-out in Colombia and in most of Central America, and is now being implemented in Mexico. This is the strategy that has been implemented by William Brownfield, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, the man who will now ride herd over the CACI (Central Asia Counternarcotics Initiative) program. No reasonable person would look to either Plan Colombia or the Mexican Merida Initiative as model plans to follow in their own homeland, whether in Central Asia or anywhere else. American military/State Dept. planners have turned both countries into war zones with their master plans, which are allegedly about drug interdiction. In neither country has the flow of drugs been stopped, or even slowed, on the contrary, both plans have only led to powerful cartels, who think in bigger terms. A reasonable person is justified in being skeptical about any of the secret wars that have been conducted against any vice or addiction by the geniuses in Washington D.C.
Eurasianet evidently thinks that the Russians are being paranoid for blocking American efforts to implement their CACI plan (an alleged counter-narcotics initiative) in their neighborhood. All of the governments involved in the plan have resisted signing-on with the Imperial plan, because it would create independent militarized police forces which could operate with full state authority, under American control (SEE: Smashing Greater Central Asia, Part 1). Further, the article appears to accept the American argument that putting an end to rampant opium production in Afghanistan would alienate the local population, whom US and NATO forces have allegedly been struggling to befriend. The United States is now trying to overcome this natural distrust of their intentions and to get around Russian road blocks to utilizing the Russian-led CSTO organization (Collective Security Treaty Organization) to implement the initiative. The US has settled upon “Plan B,” which would be to distort the CARICC regional information enter into a regional intelligence agency, making it the regional counternarcotics authority to oversee the administration of the American CACI initiative. Under American domination, CARICC becomes the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors.
Does the US really want to stop the Central Asian drug trade or merely to organize all smuggling efforts under American control, and possibly, to streamline operations there? When condemning Asian smugglers, or even Mexican or Colombian smugglers, it is customary to overlook the facts that the biggest crime bosses of them all are the bankers who run the whole operation from the United States or Europe. How would major shipments of narcotics even be moved without the help of US military personnel or equipment, or that of complicit government officials all along the supply chain, either in actual shipping or in simply “looking the other way”? It it weren’t for smugglers and black markets, millions would go hungry, or otherwise suffer some other attribute of attrition. The key to drug control is to take the profit out of the “black” business and to create new legitimate alternatives where called for.
Dry-up the source in Afghanistan and there will be little to nothing for the hungry addicts on the streets of Moscow to shove into their arms. Why is it that Russia is always painted as an object of obstruction in the international media, whenever it stands in the path of the global police state, or it offers real, workable solutions to actual human problems like heroin addiction? People will continue to pay for their addictions until it is becomes impossible to continue, that is when the needed life-changing decisions will be made by the individual users. Putin definitely understands mankind’s major issues, such as the big one which American leaders refuse to learn, that the era of police states is over.]
KHARTOUM: Sudan has rejected a US request to send special forces to protect its embassy in Khartoum following violent protests against an American-made film mocking Islam, the official SUNA news agency said.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said Sudan was capable of “protecting its guests in diplomatic representations,” SUNA quoted a ministry official as saying.
The United States had made the request to send special forces Friday.
US officials said Saturday that they were still monitoring the situation and that Sudan has “recommitted itself both publicly and privately to continue to protect our mission.”
“We have requested additional security precautions as a result of yesterday’s damage to our embassy. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely to ensure we have what we need to protect our people and facility,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.
The Pentagon has indicated that it is examining the possibility of sending Marines to Sudan after deploying them in Yemen and Libya, where ambassador Chris Stevens was among four Americans killed in an attack on a US consulate on Tuesday.
The violence broke out during protests against an amateur Internet film produced on US soil that denigrates Islam and its Prophet Mohammed.
Taliban militants attacked Camp Bastion in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan and destroyed six coalition forces jets using US army uniforms.
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement announced, “The attack commenced just after 10 p.m. when approximately 15 insurgents executed a well-coordinated attack against the airfield on Camp Bastion. The insurgents, organized into three teams, penetrated at one point of the perimeter fence.”
The source further added, “The insurgents appeared to be well equipped, trained and rehearsed.”
“Dressed in U.S. Army uniforms and armed with automatic rifles, rocket propelled grenade launchers and suicide vests, the insurgents attacked coalition fixed and rotary wing aircraft parked on the flight line, aircraft hangars and other buildings”, ISAF said following the statement.
ISAF confirmed six Coalition were destroyed and two were significantly damaged. Three coalition refueling stations were also destroyed. Six soft-skin aircraft hangars were damaged to some degree.
Coalition forces engaged the insurgents, killing 14 and wounding one who was taken into custody. In addition to the two coalition service members that were killed, nine coalition personnel – eight military and one civilian contractor – were wounded in the attack. None of their injuries are considered life-threatening.