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Remembering Poppy Day, November 11

Known as Veteran’s Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada, and in the UK, more fittingly called Poppy Day, it was inaugurated in 1918 to mark the end of the World War 1.

Today, in 2009, the significance of the poppy has taken on a dual meaning. The original is derived from the haunting crosses marking the graves of troops “row on row, in Flanders Fields, where poppies grow.”

In Afghanistan, where still more troops from the U.S., Canada and Great Britain have given their lives, the poppy symbolizes the opium grown there.

Over the past eight years NATO forces have helped turn Afghanistan into the drug capital of the world through its support of drug lords. Today, 93 percent of all opium in the world is produced in Afghanistan. Many members of Parliament and high ranking officials openly benefit from the drug trade. President Karzai’s own brother is a well known drug trafficker.


3 Responses to “Remembering Poppy Day, November 11”

  1. Poppies that grow in Flanders are related to opium poppies, but not the same as opium poppies.

    I see no reason to cloud the issue. Buy a poppie, honor a veteran.

  2. A former British Ambassador in the region wrote on this opium/heroin topic:

    “The Taliban had reduced the opium crop to precisely nil. I would not advocate their methods for doing this, which involved lopping bits, often vital bits, off people. But one of the things they were vehemently against was opium.

    “Now we are occupying the country, that has changed. According to the United Nations, 2006 was the biggest opium harvest in history, smashing the previous record by 60 per cent. This year will be even bigger.

    “Our economic achievement in Afghanistan goes well beyond the simple production of raw opium. In fact Afghanistan no longer exports much raw opium at all. — It now exports heroin.

    “How can this have happened, and on this scale? The answer is simple. The four largest players in the heroin business are all senior members of the Afghan government, the government that our soldiers are fighting and dying to protect.”

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