Bear in mind approach again within the 12 months 2000, when the Taliban took over giant swaths of Afghanistan and set about eradicating the nation’s poppy crop that feeds the world opium provide?
In fact you do.
Properly, guess what? It is taking place once more.
That is proper. After Uncle Sam’s ignominious retreat from the graveyard of empires in 2021, the Taliban infamously regained management of the nation and set about reinstituting their marketing campaign to ban the cultivation of opium poppies. And, as soon as once more, the outcomes of that ban have been nothing wanting exceptional.
In truth, the Taliban’s newest anti-poppy marketing campaign is already being hailed because the “most profitable counter-narcotics effort in human historical past” by self-proclaimed Afghanistan consultants, with the nation’s opium manufacturing down a jaw-dropping 90% this 12 months.
And because you do bear in mind the story of the Taliban’s first profitable poppy crop crackdown, then you definitely’ll additionally seemingly bear in mind the way it ended: particularly, with the clean verify of 9/11 being cashed in on NATO’s invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, resulting in the following resurgence of poppy cultivation within the nation.
So, are we prone to see historical past repeating with this subsequent iteration of the Afghan poppy story? Let’s discover out.
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