I don't know if it is a good idea to get most of my news from the International Herald Tribune, but I haven't found another source with its international yet mainstream focus. Anyway, yet more developments in Afghanistan. NATO is going ahead with plans to kill drug traffickers and bomb drug labs to cut Taliban financing... but without any sissy evidence or intelligence needed. Until someone got upset about that, and now:
"[NATO] Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said in an interview that "a number of buffers and filters" had been put in place to safeguard the legality of combating what he termed the nexus between the insurgency and narcotics."
The American NATO commander Craddock had previously said up yours to international law and had thus caused a scuffle. Plus, the Europeans are not so happy about the militarization of counter-narcotics operations. A good point is that:
"German diplomats have feared that a more robust NATO approach toward dealing with the narcotics industry, without giving small poppy farmers an alternative livelihood, would turn more Afghans against the alliance."
I bet Jack Bauer wouldn't give a crap about the consequences of his actions as long as the bad guys bite the dust! And should we really be taking policy advice from those responsible for the highly successful 'war on drugs' in Latin America?