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(MSN News NZ)   Turns out there is no Taliban, religious fundamentalism is just a cover, and it's all about the opium. Subby preps his Claude Rains impersonation   (news.msn.co.nz) divider line 17
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2013-09-24 12:49:58 PM  
So what you are saying is that Obama is now fighting the War on Drugs over there so we don't have to fight it here?
 
2013-09-24 01:24:05 PM  
Afghanistan is now the world's largest producer of heroin.

Now?
 
2013-09-24 01:31:58 PM  
The Taliban banned opium production.  Opium only exploded after we took over.
 
2013-09-24 02:10:07 PM  
Which means we still have the most true religious fanatics! U-S-A! U-S-A!  U-S-A!  U-S-A!
 
2013-09-24 02:16:42 PM  
Is Flash Gordon there?
 
2013-09-24 02:24:15 PM  
Subby preps his Claude Rains impersonation

Yep, I can't see you, subby. Good show.
 
2013-09-24 02:28:44 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: The Taliban banned opium production.  Opium only exploded after we took over.


You're saying they're not _all_ bad? I'm sure the Khmer Rouge had some good points, too.
 
2013-09-24 02:29:44 PM  
Claude Rains was the invisible man.
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2013-09-24 02:30:24 PM  
Just a cover? Would you say, perhaps...a red herring?

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2013-09-24 02:32:22 PM  
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... your winnings, Sir.
 
2013-09-24 02:48:11 PM  

dionysusaur: Marcus Aurelius: The Taliban banned opium production.  Opium only exploded after we took over.

You're saying they're not _all_ bad? I'm sure the Khmer Rouge had some good points, too.


No, I happen to think opium should be freely available.  All drug laws are fundamentally a political crime.  If the government wants to step in a regulate the market, that's fine, but this blanket ban on substances is just an excuse to put unpopular people into prison.
 
2013-09-24 03:14:59 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: No, I happen to think opium should be freely available. All drug laws are fundamentally a political crime. If the government wants to step in a regulate the market, that's fine, but this blanket ban on substances is just an excuse to put unpopular people into prison.


But they've only been trying to stop its use for about two centuries. I'm sure any year now they'll finally succeed. Somewhere.

Just like those efforts to stop prostitution. Or gambling.

/subby
//people thought it was an invisible man reference?
///rule of three
 
2013-09-24 03:16:15 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: dionysusaur: Marcus Aurelius: The Taliban banned opium production.  Opium only exploded after we took over.

You're saying they're not _all_ bad? I'm sure the Khmer Rouge had some good points, too.

No, I happen to think opium should be freely available.  All drug laws are fundamentally a political crime.  If the government wants to step in a regulate the market, that's fine, but this blanket ban on substances is just an excuse to put unpopular people into prison.


Well I would say the primary force in keeping drugs illegal is money. The drug trade is huge. If it was legal you would have to report where this money is going and they don't want that.
 
2013-09-24 04:18:05 PM  

Lego_Addict: Marcus Aurelius: dionysusaur: Marcus Aurelius: The Taliban banned opium production.  Opium only exploded after we took over.

You're saying they're not _all_ bad? I'm sure the Khmer Rouge had some good points, too.

No, I happen to think opium should be freely available.  All drug laws are fundamentally a political crime.  If the government wants to step in a regulate the market, that's fine, but this blanket ban on substances is just an excuse to put unpopular people into prison.

Well I would say the primary force in keeping drugs illegal is money. The drug trade is huge. If it was legal you would have to report where this money is going and they don't want that.


There was a perception in the 80s that the war on drugs was winnable. The people who pushed that idea are still around. In order to pass sane drug legislation, those people would have to admit that they, and by extension Reagan, were wrong. And they would literally rather die than do that.
 
2013-09-24 04:21:57 PM  

leviosaurus: they, and by extension Reagan, were wrong. And they would literally rather die than do that.


So kill them.  They are old, senile, and spending their children's and grandchildren's inheritance.  Screw them.  They screwed us.
 
2013-09-24 05:29:32 PM  
Kind of like how republicans use jesus to sell the idea that rich people shouldn't pay taxes.
 
2013-09-24 10:52:15 PM  
They're "mentored" by the Australian army? In what, drinking?
 
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