is a suggestion for Geoff Hoon, Defence Minister: get some basic
economics lessons. Like how a monopoly works. Let us try this
exchange for a start:
Flynn (Newport, West): My question arises from an earlier
intervention. Will my right hon. Friend now kill the myth that
the conflict will have some effect on the flow of heroin to
this country and confirm what the United Nations has just said
that the Taliban have reduced their poppy cultivation by
91 per cent, but the Northern Alliance has increased its poppy
cultivation threefold? A great deal of the heroin coming to
this country comes from Burma, Pakistan and other countries.
Whatever the outcome of the conflict, it will have no effect
whatsoever on the flow of heroin into this country.
Hoon: I am afraid that I do not agree with my hon. Friend,
and I caution him against relying on the argument that, somehow,
the Taliban regime had reduced the supply of heroin. In fact,
the Taliban regime prohibited others from producing heroin so
that they could exploit substantial stockpiles of heroin. Indeed,
they were seeking to raise the price to derive further cash
from that appalling trade. So I do not accept that there would
not be a significant disruption of the heroin trade; it would
certainly prevent the regime from trading in other people's
lives to sustain its own appalling activities.
really speaks for itself. The Taliban are evil because Ö they
reduced the supply of heroin. Drug induced logic.
not quite. Simply put, Gerald
Kaufman wants to replace the Government of Israel by blackmailing
them with the withdrawal of aid. Now I think that all foreign
aid, whether to Israel or any of its Arab neighbours, should
be cut off. However, that is not because I am attached to the
losing party in the Israeli election. This is not Mr. Kaufman's
situation, with his extremely close relations with the Israeli
Labour Party. He has never really forgiven Likud for committing
the cardinal sin, beating the Labour Party in an election. Now
he wants to use foreign aid as a way of bringing in the Labour
Party manifesto. Who said that foreign aid doesn't corrupt?
are we fighting for?
we aiming to finish off the Taliban, or merely dismantle any
terrorist camps and to extradite Bin Laden? It really depends
whom you listen to, the Prime Minister or the Defence
Secretary. Blair said that we want to get rid of the Taliban,
and Hoon said that we merely wanted rid of the Arab terrorists.
If British servicemen are going to die to improve your diplomatic
standing, you should at least have the decency to let them die
for a stated and achievable aim. After all, we do not want an
open ended-war like the Cold War. Or do we?
Ruddock was the leader of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
when it was at its Soviet-funded prime in the 1980s. When Tony
Blair was a member, actually. One would expect her to be sceptical
about the war or at least desire some achievable aims. Well
she has one aim in mind for the war, but it's not to defeat
terror. Well this is her reasonable suggestion:
hon. Gentleman repeats what many hon. Members have said about
the range of people who should be involved in a post-Taliban
Government. Will he make it explicit that that must include
women, who have been greatest victims of the Taliban regime?
right, our boys (and girls) are to fight and die for female
cabinet ministers in a foreign land. How utterly pathetic. The
idea that Western social mores need to be imposed on foreign
countries by force of arms is a dangerous and open-ended commitment,
although skillfully deflated by Andrew
Turner, one of the new Tory MPs. It is even worse from a
woman who campaigned full-time for Britain not to have the ability
to defend itself, yet now we want to launch wars to socially
engineer foreign countries. How the Peaceniks turn.
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