13 May 2010

Afghan opium trade

Just ran across this old article on the opium trade in Afghanistan and was struck by a couple of quotes:
"When I have water and roads provided to me, I will stop growing poppies."
"I don't want my children to be in this trade and I hope that some day the world will help us. Only then can we stop the opium trade."

I don't especially care if they grow opium or not, but I love how it's not their fault. If only 'the world' would give them water and roads they'd find a new line of work. Can't decide if they've been coached on those answers or if they were born with the entitlement gene. 

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