Julien Mercille’s new book, Cruel Harvest: US Intervention in the Afghan Drug Trade (Pluto, 2012) has been reviewed in Counterpunch by Ron Jacobs.
We pulled the following quote out as being a good summary of the article: “Mercille’s relatively short work is a useful, extensively cited and fact-laden discussion of the role narcotics production plays in the US occupation of Afghanistan.”
To view the complete review, go to Counterpunch, by clicking here.
US Intervention in the Afghan Drug Trade
Argues that the US is not concerned about waging a war on drugs, and that alleged concerns about narco-terrorism mostly act to justify occupation.
“Julien Mercille rips the cover off one of the dirtiest secrets of the war on Afghanistan: the corrosive relationship between the CIA and the opium trade. This is hard-boiled history from the front lines of America’s longest and cruelest war.” – Jeffrey St. Clair, editor of CounterPunch, co-author of Whiteout: the CIA, Drugs and the Press (1998)
“Mercille’s meticulous research and writing are an indispensable part of the story of this war – his book exposes an issue that has been undercovered for far too long.” – Sonali Kolhatkar, Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (2006)