The head of Russia’s anti-drug agency “has accused the US of failing to act on information from a Russian anti-drug official about the location of many narcotics laboratories in Afghanistan” (see first link). In essence, the Russian official is accusing the USA of protecting the heroin traffic in Afghanistan from attacks that would eradicate the heroin trade. The first link from Al Jazeera is an Arabic website, but the content of its report is backed up on many websites. An American media report is included below in the second link. Another report in the third link below, and I even saw a story about this matter in my local newspaper on 10-24-10.
Russia claims it has given the USA the locations of 175 drug labs in Afghanistan, but the USA has refused to destroy them. An article in my local newspaper, the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, reported that “US DEA officials there have told him [the Russian drug official] that they are awaiting US military approval to take down the labs.” If true, it means the US military commanders are in a dubious position of protecting the Afghan heroin drug lords. The Afghan War has dragged on how many years? There has been abundant time for US forces to take out the poppy fields and drug labs if they had wanted to do so, so they have obviously chosen not to do so. Why? They are likely refraining from doing so to obtain the cooperation of tribal/drug lords in anti-Taliban actions.
While I would like to think the Russian charge is false, it rings to me as likely to be true, given the tribal politics of the Afghan “nation.” The USA is desperate for allies vs. the Taliban so it is likely making unsavory agreements with local Afghan chieftains wherever they can. By delaying approval to the DEA to take action vs. the heroin trade, this delay also gives time to the heroin lords to move their heroin facilities to new locations before any attacks later occur (which will likely be only “for show”).
In making this charge against the USA openly, Russia has skillfully placed itself in a “win-win” situation and has placed the USA in a “lose-lose” position. If the USA continues to refuse to attack the heroin trade facilities and poppy fields, it causes the USA to be seen in the eyes of the world community as the “bad guy” for being in league with the heroin drug lords, and it places Russia in the role of the “good guy” who blew the whistle on this unholy alliance. If the USA finally takes real action and bombs the heroin facilities and burns the poppy fields, it will alienate all the tribal chieftains who are making profits on the heroin trade and drive them (and their armed tribesmen) into the arms of the Taliban. So either way, the USA loses. The Russians are apparently playing an even deeper game. The final link reports that Russia is angling for its forces to re-enter Afghanistan. This is very clever on the Russian part. They are aware that President Obama has already announced a drawdown of US forces next year and it is, no doubt, only a matter of time until the America/NATO forces leave Afghanistan. If Russia can move some of its forces into Afghanistan before the US withdrawal, it will pre-place its personnel in Afghanistan to act in Russia’s interests later when the USA leaves.
The tribal drug lords who benefit from US refusal to knock out their heroin facilities are “hired lovers” in the words of Hosea 8:9. They are “allies” only as long as the US protects their heroin facilities and trade. Russia, China and Iran are, in my judgement, destined to dominate the Afghanistan and Pakistan nations due to the prophecy of Ezekiel 38:5 that “Cush” (“Ethiopia” in the KJV) will be a part of the Gog-Magog alliance. The name of “Cush” is stamped on both Afghanistan and Pakistan as the Hindu Kush Mountians are found in both nations.
[Personal Note: Readers periodically ask me where they can communicate with me via Facebook. Two more such requests were received this week. Due to the high volume of time I spend either researching or writing on my computer, I have chosen not to have a Facebook page as I simply lack the time for additional computer activities.]