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COMMENTARY · 9th November 2013
EDITED November 10. 2013
This year was going to be a bumper crop for opium from Afghanistan. Hailed by the UN and published in various periodicals were stories of how the 2013 harvest of Poppies was never better and the crop was free of any disease, drought or ay other problems. On April 15, 2013 the UN (United Nations) issued a report on the subject.

A seemingly unrelated event occurred two weeks later. On April 29, 2013, a Boeing 747 - 400 Cargo plane crashed at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan just after take off.

Numerous reports Here Here Here and Here detail the 747 -400 was loaded with five MRAP (military vehicles. This cargo is said to have weighed approximately 80 tonnes.

“The cargo aboard ill-fated Flight NCR102 included five mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles that were being taken out of Afghanistan as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces”, said Shirley Kaufman of National Air Cargo.

This claimed “Cargo” contradicted a report published at approximately the same time as the record opium harvest report. On April 18 a Military Journal was published quoting Lt. Gen. William Faulkner who stated; “The bottom line is, we don’t need them,” continuing, “We don’t need as many as we have today.”

A stark and stunning discovery, supporting the Faulkner’s contradictory statement is how a Boeing 747 - 400 does not have a loading ramp to drive these types of vehicles on board.

One could be excused for accepting the story, if they knew the 747 -400 didn’t have drive aboard loading ramps, as one report detailed how they were loaded on pallets.

This would be all well and good except there is no possible way, given the specifications and dimensions of a 747 - 400 Cargo plane, they would fit anyways. Not through the front or the side doors. They are either too wide, to tall or too long to fit in any imagined configuration. The pallet itself (if this story was even close to factual) would have to be at least 6.5 metres long for a single axle MRAP and 7.5 for a tandem axle unit. The width would need to be over 2.6 meters for each. This pallet would just barely squeak through the front nose loading door of the 747 but certainly not with a unit at least 3 meters tall on it as the opening is only 2.5 metres tall. Even with the tires taken off an MRAP would never fit through the nose hold, certainly not with the added height of a “pallet” strong enough to carry the identified 12 to 24 tonnes each of these units weighed.

The side doors are even stranger to accept this “Cargo”. They are too long to go straight in front bumper first as the plane hold is only 5 metres wide, and the doors are too narrow for the units to go in sideways as the loading door is only 3.4 wide.. The smaller single axle MRAP is 6.5 metres long. There is just no manner in which to load even the small MRAP.

See attached drawing below with schematics and dimensions of the 747 - 400 and two models of the MRAP’s

So what was on the plane?

Suddenly on May 13, two weeks after the crash, reports were issued stating a “Mysterious Blight” destroyed a third of this expected record opium harvest.

This wouldn't and shouldn’t have raised any eyebrows unless a retired Military Soldier selling poppies in Vancouver for this years Remembrance Day hadn’t wondered about these seemingly unconnected events.

He thought about the plane and the cargo and knowing full well the Boeing 747 could not carry MRAP’s, or have a loading ramp he pondered on what possibly could NATO be taking out of Afghanistan. He understood NATO generally only brought cargo into the country. What could they be exporting? He looked up the time of the opium harvest, when the Poppy crop would be ready to ship. Turns out it is exactly the same time as the crash of the 747 - 400. The crash was caught on camera.

Our own research discovered this quote from the United Nations reports regarding the opium harvest just two weeks before the crash. “It seems unlikely that the poor harvests of the last year will be repeated; there have been no reports of blight and the exceptionally bitter winter of 2011-12 was followed this year by a milder one, creating expectations of a large crop.”

Yet two weeks after the crash “Up to one-third of Afghanistan’s poppy harvest this spring has been destroyed by a mysterious disease, according to estimates revealed Wednesday by United Nations officials

The New York Times Article continued;

American military officials who have analyzed the issue agree with the United Nations that the disease could reduce yields from this year’s opium harvest by as much as one-third, said Capt. John Kirby of the Navy, a spokesman for Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Captain Kirby is also in part quoted to have said “This crop loss is a natural occurrence and absolutely in no way connected to the United States or NATO militaries.”

The price has gone up due to the loss of supply. Did the supply go up in a huge fireball? Watch the video.

Prior to 2001 the International Community had entertained the Taliban Government of Afghanistan for years advising them they would be assisted financially and agriculturally if they would eradicate the Poppy Fields and Opium production. George W Bush even entertain the Tahliban at the Whitehouse during these discussions.

In the spring of 2001 the harvest of Opium was all but gone. The estimates were only 1% of the Poppy fields remained. The Taliban were good to their word. They eradicated the Opium production in Afghanistan. Then the west invaded them on the pretence of being responsible for the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The difficulty with this explanation is a third building also fell that was not hit by anything; Building 7 was termed to have been “pulled” by the Mayor of New York at the time. This is a term for a controlled demolition. Did the Taliban wire up building 7? I think not.

The Opium Wars were the foundation of the British Navy and the “Commonwealth. Britain demanded they be allowed to sell their opium and tobacco mixed, ‘addictive’ smoking drug to the unsuspecting Chinese citizens. The Chinese Government said no. They went to war and the Chinese lost. The rest is history. The western world has always been intimately involved in the drug trade. It is the foundation of our wealth - the “Commonwealth”.

Opium is the source for codeine, morphine and other alkaloids. It is the key component to most of the Pharmaceuticals many of us purchase every day; morphine, codeine, thebaine, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone, desomorphine, diacetylmorphine (heroin), nicomorphine, dipropanoylmorphine, benzylmorphine, ethylmorphine and buprenorphine. These are just the pure names. Many ingest huge quantities of variants under a variety of trade names every day.

The western nation’s pharmaceutical companies are the entities most likely to benefit from this war in Afghanistan. The cost of these drugs to ease our pain is exorbitant yet the supply of the key ingredient might be cheaply and illegally provided. It appears we pay for our ‘addictive’ pain control drugs repeatedly. First by paying for the production protection via our military; then by paying the big drug companies their crazy prices.

There are legitimate Poppy/Opium/Alkaloid growers certainly. Australia is one certified supplier. But for feeding the masses, welcome to Afghanistan.

The long and the short of this long piece? A record harvest, a plane crash and a loss of the years harvest. A loss of supply and a made up series of stories to cover the lies. When examined all the stories and excuses do not add up. Only one story makes sense using Occam’s Razor otherwise know as the KISS (keep it simple sweetheart) principle.

This story could be discounted if after the wreckage of the place stopped burning and the smoke cleared. As the claimed cargo was 5 MRAP’s, which are vehicles designed to withstand extreme blasts, that wreckage should be clearly open for inspection on the ground. But then, pictures are not allowed as it might expose the Taliban as to the movements and security of the base. Alternatively it might expose the citizens in the Western world to the reality of how the drug wars really work, and who they work to benefit.

Remembrance Day is just two days away. It would be nice to at least let our brave men and women, as well as those who express sorrow for their suffering and loss, to know just what the heck is really going on. What they are really dying to protect. It is the drug trade, has been for centuries.

Last Years Remembrance Story on the same topic For The Love of Sanity and Dignity - Drop the Poppy

From Global Research on the topic here