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December 13, 2007

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Paul Flynn

There have been a three or four debates in Westminster when the idea was discussed. The most interesting was in February 2006 although the idea was first raised in parliament in an EDM in 2005. There is a Tory MP who has served as a soldier in Afghanistan who supports parts of this idea but only an experimental basis.

In spite of 70 years of disastrous domestic drug policies, the Americans still have the brass neck to impose equally foolish ones in Afghanistan.

Adam

I think the idea of purchasing opium crops is a good one. I agree that the current strategy is futile and an obstacle to any progress.

I recall MP Frank Field wrote about this idea in a Daily Telegraph article entitled:
'Destroying Afghanistan's Poppy's Won't Help'.
www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/09/08/do0808.xml

Strategic planning and common sense don't seem to have any place in America's conduct.

Paul Flynn

It will happen eventually. The choice is, a deal with the Elders in Helmand on poppies and a withdrawal to Kabul or an ignominious defeat and withdrawal like the Russians from Afghanistan or the Americans from Vietnam.

Chris

An orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan whilst bolstering the economy in the way you say Paul, would terrify and nullify the Taliban. Anything else is just war without end and a policy error of huge proportions.

Chris

An orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan whilst bolstering the economy in the way you say Paul, would terrify and nullify the Taliban. Anything else is just war without end and a policy error of huge proportions.

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