Afghani Dope Dealers Back in Business
Vol: 5 Issue: 22 Friday, February 22, 2002
One of the unintended side-effects of kicking the Taliban out of power in Afghanistan has been the revitalization of Afghani heroin production.
In 1999, Taliban leader Mullah Omar issued a decree forbidding the cultivation of opium poppies. The decree was enforced by armed Taliban and poppy production fell by 91%.
Now that the Taliban are gone, men can shave their beards, go to movies, have their picture taken or grow all the opium poppies they want.
In a country where a thousand dollars makes one a wealthy man, a dirt poor farmer can make several thousand a year from a small opium garden.
Afghanistan is the source of 75% of the world supply of opium. Opium has flourished in the country’s southern desert region – as well as in northern provinces like Badakshan – since the time of Alexander the Great. Unlike wheat, it requires little water and is ideally suited to the country’s arid valleys and unreliable rivers. It is unlikely that Afghani leader Hamid Karzai can wipe it out.
The al-Qaeda network has used the western appetite for drugs to enrich itself while impoverishing its victims financially, morally and spiritually.
Revelation 9:21 outlines some of the reasons for the judgment falling on the earth. “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
The Book of the Revelation was written specifically to the generation that would see its fulfillment. To generations past, it appeared a mysterious combination of heads, horns and beasts. But to this generation, it reads like headline news.
The word translated ‘sorceries’ in the book for the last days isn’t translated from magea, meaning ‘magic arts’ as it is in Acts 8:11. ‘Sorceries’ in this passage comes from the Greek root pharmakea, meaning the ‘use or administration of drugs’.
Sharon’s Buffer Zone Plan
In a major policy speech, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced the creation of a ‘buffer zone’ to create a ‘security separation’ between Israel and the Palestinians.
Sharon envisions eventually building a wall along the Green Line — on the pre-1967 borders — similar to that separating Israel from Gaza.
The Palestinians accused Sharon of wanting to destroy the Palestinian Authority and the peace process. Sharon wants to continue his war and aggression and escalation against our people and our authority, and to destroy the Palestinian Authority and then destroy the peace process, according to Palestinian spokesman Saeb Erekat.
Sharon’s wall won’t destroy the peace process — the PA has already accomplished that. Neither will it prevent the slide toward all out war between Israel and the Palestinians and possibly the wider Arab world. What it will create is a powerful symbol that, when it comes down again, will do so with all the pomp and circumstance of the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
Sharon is speaking of implementing a military defensive tactic that goes back thousands of years. In the ancient Middle East, it was a common practice to erect walls around a city or a region to protect it from invaders. The ancient walls around Jerusalem, with its many gates, provide historical testimony to the tactic. But this is the 21st century.
The prophet Ezekiel, writing of the coming Gog-Magog invasion, speaks of Gohg plotting the invasion at a time when Israel was a land of ‘unwalled villages.’ [Ezek: 38:11] The period of ‘false peace’ Ezekiel speaks of is the antichrist’s 7 year peace deal [Dan 9:27].
Ezekiel writes of “Israel” 200 years after Israel was destroyed by the Assyrians. No nation called ‘Israel’ would exist again until 1948. More specifically, he writes of it as being a land of ‘unwalled villages’ as if it were a new state of being for Israel. Sharon now proposes implementing this ancient defensive tactic.
Ezekiel says at that time, Israel will dwell safely ‘in the midst of the land’ [38:12], which is where one will find Jews when the antichrist’s treaty eventually topples the wall. The specificity of Ezekiel’s prophecy is breathtaking. Right down to the wall.