Afghanistan accounts for 90% of the global supply of heroin. The Taliban are seen as the villains as drugs fund the insurgency, corrupt the political process, and increase addiction around the world. But US forces and CIA operatives have been complicit in the heroin trade and responsible for the expansion of trafficking since the 1970s. This ...rips the cover off one of the dirtiest secrets of the war on Afghanistan
This book lifts the lid on the reality of Afghanistan's growing drug trade and the role played by the US military in its trajectory. Where conventional accounts blame the Taliban for the expansion of drug production, Cruel Harvest shows that the US shares responsibility by supporting drug lords, refusing to adopt effective drug control policies and failing to crack down on drug money laundered through Western banks. Julien Mercille argues that the best way to address drug problems is by reducing demand in consumer countries, not by conducting fruitless and damaging counter narcotics missions in Afghanistan.