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God Intervenes in Afghan Drug War

• Reason / Armin Rosen sending a fungal outbreak that's devoured half the Afghan opium crop. Great news! Less opium means less money for the insurgents who grow it, which means fewer weapons for the Taliban, and a historic (if totally accidental) opening for the U.S. military to crush the terrorists once and for all. Right?


The scarcity dramatically drove up prices so much that officials fear poppy cultivation will prove an irresistible option in the coming year for farmers whom authorities are trying to entice to grow legal crops. And despite the blight, the premium prices probably put about as much drug money into the insurgency's coffers as previously.

In other words, divine intervention just did what eight years of U.S. military occupation couldn't do, namely wipe out half the Afghan opium crop. The result: Absolutely nothing changed.

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