According to Oxford dictionary, the word narcotics means; an additive drug affecting mood or behaviour. The word also means a drug which induces drowsiness, stupor, or insensibility and relieves pain. Some of the drugs which fall under the category are mandrake root, Opium, Heroin which is an opium derivative and Cocaine. In legal context, narcotic refers to Opium, its derivatives and Cocaine.
Narcotics in general and Opium in particular have a very dreadful history. It reminds me of events during the beginning of the 19th century. When British came to the then Indian Sub-continent as traders, this trade was not limited to sub-continent. Trading expanded to China as well but using Indian Sub-Continent as a base. The problem occurred when the British realized that their trade was heavily in the favour of Chinese because they did not have anything to sell to Chinese. In order to balance the trade British started growing opium in the Bengal. This region had already been conquered from Mughal Empire of India. Slowly and gradually whole of the land of Bengal which was previously used to plant food crops for the whole of eastern region of the empire was forced to grow Opium, because it was bringing in money to the British. What were the effects of this move? The people adversely affected by this move were Chinese and Bengalis. British were able to turn the balance of trade in their favour within a couple of years at the cost of Bengalis who had to face famine because British didn’t allow any food crop to be planted and Chinese whose whole society was being destroyed because of opium addiction. But who cares, if the ancestors of today’s civilized world played with the lives of millions of people to gain wealth for the crown?
Did the locals not complain? Did the Chinese sit quietly and wait for the slow destruction of their society? When Bengalis had nothing to satisfy their hunger, they rebelled against British. The rebellion was successfully squashed and later the people were ruthlessly massacred villages were set on fire and their residents burnt alive. Those who tried to run off were shot by the British army supervising cremation. But in this case the people were alive. This is the past of today’s civilized world. Are you not surprised when they raise the slogan against Nazis for massacre of Jews? Are you not surprised when these people acting as saviours of the free world invade Serbia and Iraq and charge their leaders of war crimes and genocide? I would not say that I was against the ousting of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic or a supporter of the genocide that they carried out. But I am questioning the real motive of these saviours of civilized world, behind these steps. Could it not be money this time again? Or to dominate the region for that matter?
At the other front when Chinese government resisted destruction of their society because of Opium and banned opium trade in China, Opium Wars were launched against Chinese. All this was done to earn “profit”. All this blood of humanity was shed by ancestors of today’s saviours of free world and so-called-upholders of human rights to what end? The answer is, to destroy a superior society of Chinese and earn “profit”. In brings me to ask a very important question, is the human blood so worthless? Does human life has no value in the eyes of these predators? On what moral grounds do they wage wars on other nation in the pretext of drugs and human-rights abuses? Or do they have some other motives behind these expeditions, earning of “profits” at the cost of human blood.
What so ever maybe the case, fact remains that Chinese society was destroyed by the British Opium and they could not recover until Mao Zedong came in and killed all such perpetrators in 1949.
History tells us that by the end of Second World War, Imperialistic powers were declining and within a few years there were many new nations across the globe that got freed from previous Imperialistic powers. So is imperialism a thing of past now? Actually, imperialism had not died away; it had just evolved itself in the changing world scenario. Now most aggressive is economic imperialism which does also depend upon military might of those countries, not necessarily, but more often than not. Today United States of America stands as a sole superpower and enjoys imperialistic powers because of its military might. It’s CIA has destroyed societies of all Caribbean and Central American nations up to various degrees, with the exception of Cuba, with these drugs. It is the same CIA whose personal are shown in Hollywood movies as saviours and heroes of the so-called free world. So narcotics are still playing a role in achievement of foreign policy objectives of western imperialistic powers. Before people start labelling me as anti-western or something, I deem it necessary to clarify; history is witness to this that no other imperialistic power has ever used drugs to achieve its purposes. Soviet Union was an imperialistic power as well, but it did not use drugs to subdue the nations or to destroy their societies.
Then history saw Soviet-Afghan war. After this war Afghanistan became newer Bengal, this time not because of some imperialistic intervention but at the hands of nature. Afghanistan saw worst drought and because poppy being only crop that can be grown with least amount of water, afghan farmers started cultivation of poppy. Because of this, most affected nations were its neighbours viz. Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and China. But this poppy was being able to find its way to more lucrative markets of Western Europe and most importantly United States of America. This time the UN started a war against drugs and so-called civilized world suddenly woke up. Loads of money and effort was put in but not much was availed because of lawless Afghanistan.
In 1996, Taliban came into power in Afghanistan and they were successful in achieving what the rest of the world had failed to achieve. They because of their religious affiliation destroyed all poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. No matter what we think of their way of governance, of their way of life or their religious views, but they deserve the credit for poppy free Afghanistan.
After 9/11 world’s only superpower invaded Taliban’s Afghanistan under the pretext of so-called war on terror. Was it really a war on terror or it had any other political objectives? I wouldn’t go into that detail, as it is beyond the scope of this essay. After Taliban were ousted, things started to change for worse. Newer imperialist were no different from the old. US of A the world’s sole superpower after installing a puppet president of Afghanistan who was a former Unocal employee, is involved in planting opium in Afghanistan itself. Opium is being grown all over Afghanistan left, right and centre. They like us to believe that they are trying to stop it, but the fact of the matter is that it is being done right under their nose with largest output from the second largest city of Kandahar. This city after the capital Kabul is strongest hold of the coalition forces and more importantly, US troops. The fact of the matter is that there is heavy CIA involvement in opium cultivation. Then this opium under CIA supervision is being ‘exported’ to Pakistan and China. This opium is again coming into Pakistan to destroy our society, so that CIA can support it ‘covert’ operations in the region. Other than this it has got some political objectives as well. It is directed towards China again. It is rampantly being ‘exported’ the eastern provinces of China. Now that its production is being done in a controlled way and is directed towards those states where US wants it to go, we do not hear any clamour in the western news media or UN.
This quick view on the history tells that man is as barbarian as he has always been. It tells that man is as self-centred today as he has always been. It tells us that nothing has changed. Man would do everything possible to achieve his political objectives and to subdue other men. Today United States of America stands as a sole superpower of the world, but still is employing the methods centuries old. It is not that these methods are to win a war; rather they are to kill the whole society. It is to bring that society to its knees. This is the face of CIA, the real CIA whose face we only know from the Hollywood movies. Hollywood never gets tired to bringing out movies that would portray CIA as the saviour of the world. But it seems like an organization of ruthless criminals being governed by the corporatocratic government of their country. Willing to go as inhumane as possible to achieve what it wants. If this same heroin reaches American coast, it becomes illegal and the world needs to wage war on it. The world suddenly needs to stop it. But when it is being sent to other countries and by their own agencies, world never hears about it. Nor do we hear it in any of the corporate-controlled international media. Such are the double standards of the world today.
All we hear is an occasional appeal by some government official asking Hamid Karzai to do more to stop poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai, who is the puppet of Americans themselves does not have any authority over Afghanistan is nothing more than the mayor of Kabul, While his brother happens to be world’s biggest heroin supplier. Mr. Karzai’s brother was detained by airport security for carrying heroin in US some two weeks ago.