My impression on the average Afghan is they simply want to eat, feed the family and live the same existence they have for hundreds of years. Raising poppies pretty much fits in with that lifestyle. The majority of the population seems pretty isolated to me. They probably do not even care who rules Kahandahar. It’s not going to effect their quality of life outside the capital city. "Ruling" Afghanistan has to be a thankless task. No income to tax and receiving aid from the world just to keep the government going. Indigenous armies have to be outfitted and paid fairly well to keep them. Most soldiers can make more money with poppies. The minute coalition troops pack their rucks and go home, the coup clock starts ticking. I wish I could imagine a stable democracy there in the absense of western military muscle.
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