Subroto Roy thinks the run-off election between Mr Karzai and Mr Abdullah, while important for democratic legitimacy, is impractical and should be postponed until the spring, with a “National Unity” caretaker government created instead. In the meanwhile, everyone from Mullah Umar’s Taliban to international military forces should study the Senlis idea of making the country a major manufacturer of morphine using its poppy. Besides everyone preparing for the harsh Afghan winter… to see there are enough food-stocks for a start.
Subroto Roy thinks the way to Afghan hearts is through their stomachs — it is imp. there be plentiful wheat during the harsh winter months, that no hint of food-shortages arise, that Kabul’s expats & elite & foreign militaries not distract themselves with wining, dining, frolicking while poor men are gath’ring winter fuel. The winter needs to be comfortable & economic plans to make morphine from poppy studied in all villages.
Subroto Roy thinks the Senlis Council’s advice on regulating and licensing Afghanistan’s poppy market may be more important than trying to ham-handedly fight “drug wars” there…. Poppy may be best-suited to grow in that arid country which may not be otherwise able to feed itself.
Postcript: This report on regulating India’s poppy market for phramaceutical uses seems a good model.