The Afghanization Of Iraq

Heckuva job, Chimpy.

LONDON, May 23 (KUNA) — Farmers in southern Iraq have started to grow opium poppies in their fields for the first time, sparking fears that Iraq might become a serious drugs producer along the lines of Afghanistan, it was revealed here Wednesday.

Rice farmers along the Euphrates, to the west of the city of Diwaniya, south of Baghdad, have stopped cultivating rice, for which the area is famous, and are instead planting poppies, Iraqi sources familiar with the area told The Independent newspaper.

The shift to opium cultivation is still in its early stages but there is little the Iraqi Government can do about it because rival Shia militias and their surrogates in the security forces control Diwaniya and its neighbourhood.


The shift to opium production is taking place in the well-irrigated land west and south of Diwaniya around the towns of Ash Shamiyah, al Ghammas and Ash Shinafiyah.


It is too dangerous for foreign journalists to visit Diwaniya, but the start of opium poppy cultivation is attested by two students from there and a source in Basra familiar with the Iraqi drugs trade.

3 thoughts on “The Afghanization Of Iraq

  1. Are you implying there is a pattern here? (invade –oops, bring democracy to Afghanistan, Afghanistan turns to poppies. Invade –oops bring democracy Iraq, Iraq turns to poppies.)
    Of course, I’m ignoring that decimating a country may make the people turn to whatever they can to make a living as well as destroying the social controls that may limit opium production. I’m also ignoring that Bin Laden actually worked hard to limit opium production. I would assume that Hussein would have also tried to limit opium production as it would interfere with the functioning of his tightly controlled country.

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