Afghan Opium And 50,000 American Drug Deaths
By Gideon Polya
28 October, 2005
Anglo-American imperialism has involved the clever use of violence and propaganda. Horrendous mass mortality associated with Anglo-American strategy is invariably not reported, removed from general public perception, deleted from history and closeted from scrutiny and analysis. Thus the “forgotten”, man-made Bengal Famine in British-ruled India during World War 2 (4 million Hindu and Muslim victims) has been largely (but not completely) removed from British history. Colin Mason in “A Short History of Asia” condemns this “whitewashing” and suggests that this horrendous famine was the result of a deliberate, cold-blooded British “scorched earth” policy to deny food to a potential Japanese invasion from Burma.
Post-war First World colonialism, neo-colonialism and hegemony (notably by the UK, US, France, Portugal and Russia) are linked to horrendous (and continuing) avoidable mortality in the non-European World. The First World-complicit, post-1950 avoidable mortality (excess mortality) has been 1.3 billion for the World, 1.2 billion for the non-European World and 0.6 billion for the Muslim World – however this global holocaust and the associated 0.6 billion Muslim Holocaust are simply not reported by Western media.
In the 21st century we have seen truth-masking media hysteria over the 5,000 Western civilians killed by Muslim terrorists over the last 20 years (3,000 on 9/11). Mainstream media hysteria and lying by omission and commission over “terrorism” still prevent rational analysis of UK-US state terrorism, US backing of non-state terrorism (e.g. Al Qaeda, Contras and death squads from Latin America to Iraq), 9/11 and horrendous, racist, illegal Israeli impositions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Thus the US Administration is guilty of egregious lying since 9/11, the “official story” is extraordinarily implausible and now even some conservative Americans (notably Professors Morgan Reynolds and David Griffin) suspect that the US was actually responsible for 9/11. Nevertheless the benefits to the US military-industrial complex of “terrorism” and the “War on Terror” have been immense – US global hegemony, US conquest in the Middle East and Central Asia and record military expenditure (now totalling $1,000 billion dollars for the World and $500 billion for the US alone).
Anglo-American media will simply not report the post-invasion avoidable mortality and under-5 infant mortality in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories that now total 2.1 million and 1.7 million, respectively. This outrageous lying by omission can be put down to entrenched “passive racism” of the “politically correct” but pathological narcissist Anglo-American “Whiteness” culture and its corporate mainstream media. The benefits of resource domination, military expenditure and strategic hegemony are so enormous that they just cannot be hidden – however the horrendous human consequences are resolutely non-reported.
Another UK-US-linked, non-reported mass mortality reality is the post-2001, US Administration-complicit opioid drug-related death toll of about 50,000 Americans. However the Anglo-American corporate mainstream media will simply not report the Coalition-complicit drug-related deaths of tens of thousands of their own people. One suspects that at a superficial level such non-reportage occurs to maintain the “good name” of UK-US democratic imperialism (viewed by others as “democratic tyranny” or “democratic Nazism”). However the post-war Asian opium drug trade was cultivated by the US to threaten China (via the Nationalist Chinese Kuomintang army in Burma) and the Soviet Union (via Afghanistan and its pro-US neighbours). Nixon eliminated Turkish opium production in the 1970s, but Turkey subsequently became a major conduit for opium to Europe. The illegal drug trade is a powerful vehicle for covert US-backed non-state and state terrorism.
Since 2001 there have been about 0.4 million global drug deaths linked to US Coalition re-establishment of globally-dominant Afghan opium production (destroyed by the Taliban in 2000-2001 but 76% and 86% of global production in 2002 and 2004, respectively, after US Coalition invasion and conquest) (see: http://www.unodc.org/pdf/WDR_2005/volume_1_ex_summary.pdf). 2,000 of the post-2001, US Coalition-complicit, opioid-related deaths have been Australian, 3,200 British and 50,000 American. The Coalition leaders are clearly complicit in huge opioid drug-related deaths in their own countries.
A detailed report about US Coalition-linked global drug deaths (see below) has been sent urgently to virtually ALL Federal Australian parliamentarians, numerous State parliamentarians, media and humanitarians in the national interest before such transmission is potentially prohibited by paranoid, partisan or malevolent interpretation of soon to be extended, draconian, dishonest, disproportionate and operationally racist, Muslim-targetting anti-terror laws that already grossly violate the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (noting that there have been ZERO deaths from terrorism within Australia over the last quarter century).
The Australian Leader of the Opposition, Mr Kim Beazley, had good reason to describe the terrorist bombers responsible for the 7/7 London bombings (54 deaths) as “subhuman filth who must be captured and eliminated”. How then should we address those of the US Coalition complicit in post-9/11 opioid-related deaths that now total 0.4 million? The Coalition leaders and associates complicit in criminal mass murder must be dealt with by the normal democratic and legal processes of exposure, arraignment, trial and punishment.
0.4 MILLION GLOBAL DRUG DEATHS LINKED TO US COALITION-COMPLICIT AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION
About 7 million people die annually in the World from the effects of tobacco smoking, alcohol or illicit drugs, the breakdown being about 5 million, 1.8 million and 0.2 million, respectively. The annual opioid-related World death toll is about 0.1 million (noting that multiple chemical agents are typically involved in such deaths and that deaths from injection-derived infections such as HIV are not included here). Unfortunately the First World is not taking action against tobacco or alcohol – indeed First World countries such as the US and the UK are major producers. While the ruling Taliban had effectively destroyed the massive Afghan opium industry by 2001 (from 79% of the global market in 1999), the invasion and conquest of Afghanistan by the US and its allies (notably the UK and Australia) in 2001 resulted in the rapid re-establishment of the Afghan opium industry to 76% global share by 2002 and 86% global share in 2004.
The Taliban are condemned for draconian human rights abuses deriving from intolerant and violent interpretations of Islamic law (particularly over the treatment of women and apostates) but they did take proper action against tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs - agents that kill 7 million people annually throughout the World and which are all prohibited by broadly accepted interpretations of Islam. Alcohol was of course prohibited in Taliban-ruled Muslim Afghanistan. In 1997 the Taliban expelled all cigarette smokers from military and other government employment. However opium production was a major component of the Afghan economy and in 1999 Afghanistan produced 79% of the World’s opium. Nevertheless, in 2000 the Taliban decided to destroy Afghan opium production and subsequently largely wiped out opium poppy cultivation (which fell from 42% of the total World acreage in 1999 to only 3% in 2001).
In 2001, shortly after 9/11, the US and its allies (notably the UK and Australia) invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban government as the first campaign in a so-called War on Terror that subsequently involved the illegal and dishonestly-promoted invasion of Iraq. The War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan has so far cost the US about US$252 billion and is expected to cost about US$1,400 billion if it lasts another 5 years (the Australian cost is expected to total about US$1 billion). There have been about 2,800 Coalition military deaths so far. However the post-invasion avoidable mortality (excess mortality) and under-5 infant mortality in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories now total 2.1 million and 1.7 million, respectively, and constitute passive genocide in gross violation of the Geneva Conventions because of the manifest failure of the Coalition occupiers to supply life-sustaining requisites e.g. the annual per capita medical expenditure in these conquered lands is less than 1% of that in metropolitan USA.
Under the Coalition, by 2002 the Afghan opium poppy cultivation area had jumped from 3% to 38% of the World total and Afghan opium production was 76% of the World total. By 2004, the Afghan opium poppy acreage had jumped to 67% of the World total and Afghan opium production was 86% of the World total. The US and its Coalition allies (notably the UK and Australia) have a clear complicity in the rapid restoration of the Afghan opium industry to World domination and are accordingly complicit in an estimated post-9/11 opioid-related death toll of 0.4 million (the World), 40,000-60,000 (the US), 3,200 (the UK), 2,000 (Australia) and 1,200 (Scotland).
The US rejects the authority of the International Criminal Court over US citizens but other Coalition countries (notably the UK and Australia) are subject to this jurisdiction for crimes against humanity such as passive genocide of civilians in contravention of the Geneva Conventions and massive complicity in 0.4 million post-9/11 global opioid-related drug deaths. However ALL Coalition leaders and their associates are subject to the laws of their own countries for criminal complicity in the post-9/11 opioid-related deaths of their own citizens. Indeed this complicity in mass mortality extends to their failure to control other death-dealing agents. Thus each year 5 million die from the consequences of legal tobacco smoking (annual world market US$1,000 billion), 1.8 million die from largely legal alcohol consumption (annual world market about US$900 billion) and 0.2 million die from illicit drug use (annual world market US$800 billion).
A young Australian Nguyen Tuong Van is currently awaiting execution in Singapore for his part as a “mule” in transmitting 0.4 kilograms of heroin, a small part of the deadly global burden of heroin deriving largely from the annual opium production of about 4,200 metric tons in US-conquered Afghanistan. The Coalition leaders and their associates complicit in this deadly Afghan opium impost are free to continue their complicity in this and other criminal and deadly abuses (such as the passive genocide causing 1,000 avoidable under-5 infant deaths daily in Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan) - they have not yet been exposed for their criminal complicity, let alone arraigned, tried and punished. In contrast, Australian David Hicks, allegedly involved with forces of the Taliban government that uniquely outlawed the horrendously deadly trio of opium poppy cultivation, tobacco and alcohol in Afghanistan, has been abusively detained without trial for 4 years by the US authorities at Guantanamo Bay.
Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. Lying by omission and commission has permitted the criminal US-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing Coalition passive genocide in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories, the re-establishment of Afghan opium production and 0.4 million post-9/11 drug deaths. This has been written in the public interest to expose a “War on Terror” that involves gross violations of the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and which is in reality a war on women and children, truth, reason and justice.
Dr Gideon Polya
Melbourne, Victoria, 3085, Australia
Credentials: Dr Gideon Polya published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (Taylor & Francis, New York & London, 2003), and is currently finishing a book on global mortality - numerous articles on this matter can be found by a simple Google search for "Gideon Polya" or consulting his website: http://members.optusnet.com.au/~gpolya/links.html