Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Sunday Afghan drug trafficking should be classified as a threat to international peace and security. The Russian Deputy Prime Minster made his remarks at an Asia security conference in Singapore.
Afghan farmers produce 90 percent of the world's heroin. The opiates are often smuggled north through Central Asia and Russia to Europe, Asia and America, and generate billions of dollars in revenue. In Russia, Ivanov has said that opium consumption is having a destabilizing effect and that 30,000 addicts die each year from narcotics like heroin. The Russian Deputy Prime Minister called for increased international efforts to stem the flow of Afghan opiates at the source.
Under the rule of the Taliban, opium production was all but obliterated.
After the US/NATO invasion of Afghanistan, opium production soared.
Coincidence? I think not.
And when drug production is controlled, where the drugs wind up is also controlled. It's a rather interesting form of destabilization which doesn't require the firing of a single shot.