Injecting Afghanistan’s pain into Norway

A recent United Nations report confirmed fears that the failure to secure greater Afghanistan since the routing of the Taliban three years ago has only made the country’s nightmare of an opium trade more potent. Not surprisingly, the fallout reaches far beyond the war-torn terrain ringing Kabul. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, it includes an increasingly drug-addled Norway, where the archetypal social welfare state has become a “prime market” for the booming Afghan opium trade, and where ruined lives and overdose deaths are on the rise.

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