Friday, December 09, 2005

Britain to fight drugs

This is a continuous human interest story written by our guest writer, Afghan Warrior. He is interested in sharing with and helping others to understand the Afghani people. Enjoy!


According to the BBC news, the British government will deploy several thousand soldiers and civilian advisers in order to fight the illegal drug, trading, and smuggling in Afghanistan. In my opinion, it is a great step to eradicate the drug trade and traffickers. I am sure the British forces deployment will be very useful.

Although Afghan anti-narcotics forces are fighting against the drug smuggling, they do not have enough forces and equipment to defeat the drug traffickers. Many Afghan people believe that some warlords and some traffickers are linked to the Taliban who are involved in the drug trade. They think some police forces are bribed by the smugglers, because their salaries are very low. One policeman makes only US$75 to US$100 a month which is not enough to support themselves and their family.

So the British forces will play a key role against the drugs smugglers. Most drug traffickers operate in rural and mountainous areas which are hard for Afghan forces to reach, but the British paratrooper-led unit will easily reach those areas.

Most opium is grown in the southern provinces, and the southern Helmand province is one of the biggest drug market. The drug traffickers smuggle drugs across the Pakistani border. With the presence of British forces, it would be very hard for the traffickers to deal and smuggle drugs.

On the other hand, the British forces will train a brigade of 3,000 soldiers for the emerging Afghan National Army and 1800 National police forces, and these forces will learn better techniques from the British trainers. We welcome the British forces deployment.

Although we fought against the British Army during colonial times in the 19th century, that is the past. Now we have to forget the past and work together for a better world. Now Afghans know that Britsh people are their friends, and they came here to help us.

If the British soldiers treat our people with respect, I am sure our people will respect them and support them. We hope the British forces start their operations as soon as they get settled in. I am sure the British soldiers will defeat the drug traffickers, and this war will be successful.