According to the Havocscope Black Market search engine, the size of the black market economy is something like $1.334 trillion.
Drugs in general, and heroin in particular, play an important role in destabilizing populations because people can become addicted to heroin after one use. From a social engineering perspective, and from a geostrategic / military perspective (ie: NATO), heroin is a weapon against the target population. Introducing heroin destroys families and destroys the lives of young people, taking them out of the equation. That is a potent weapon. They only need to introduce people to the drug and it takes over.
"Mr Ivanov, a former KGB officer and senior Kremlin official, said the flood of the drug from Afghanistan posed a threat to Russia's national security. ...He said the drug was partly to blame for rising crime and a fall in Russia's population...."Drug trafficking has become a key negative factor for demography and a blow to our nation's gene pool... [and] a challenge to Russia's civilisation."
...The Russian health ministry says Russia has up to 2.5 million drug addicts out of a population of some 140 million, most of them aged between 18 and 39....The CND's World Drugs Report for 2008 reported that China was estimated to have about 2.3 million users of opiates, though how many of those used heroin was unclear."
Another country with a big heroin problem: Iran.
"Iran is the top country of drug addicts with 4-5 million addicted, as much as 1.6 million of those are heroin addicts. There are atleast 31 deaths every day in Tehran only. This also creates a huge problem with HIV/AIDS. Officially 50,000 iranians are infected with HIV. Probably much more due to the sharing of syringes amongst the drug addicts."
government FAIL = organized crime SUCCESS
See: above reproach
1) Intelligence agencies are fragmented and in competition.
2) Creating and sustaining a strategy of tension between the US and Russia JUSTIFIES the continued military-industrial complex buildup in Central Asia.
We do not think the US military has any plans, at any time ever, to leave Afghanistan. That might explain why the US military is all over Afghanistan and building bases. And Afghanistan lies between Russia, China and Iran, so it's perfect. It is a perfect place from which to DESTABILIZE various populations, for example, by giving them heroin.
Totally Occupied: 700 Military Bases Across Afghanistan
As long as terror exists in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the US military can justify staying. The military has to stay to control the distribution of the weapon: heroin.
Terrorism can always be arranged. Terrorists can always be found.
And who pays for these sorts of operations?
Well, we have a $1.344 trillion black economy. Surely there's some money around to fund some "rogue" people who like to find terrorists under rocks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, JUSTIFYING the continued US military occupation, which seems to be about controlling the heroin trade and driving a wedge between Iran, China and Russia.
Will Tunisia develop a heroin problem next?