Thursday, November 10, 2011

Move the Wheat Board to Kandahar

It's a win/win situation.

It's a "no-brainer" as Canada's Prime Minister, Steve ("The Weasel") Harper said about the Keystone XL pipeline, a project now mothballed into oblivion. But even Steve could get the inevitable logic of the Wheat Board gambit:

1. He wants to get rid of the Wheat Board and its monopoly.
2. He wants a graceful exit from Afghanistan.
3. He doesn't want any more Canadians killed with the attendant repatriation ceremonies and other horrible reminders of how his government is trying to brush off the veterans it has created, all for an ambiguous and self-evidently losing cause.

So here's the solution. Move the entire Wheat Board Headquarters from Winnipeg to Kandahar and put it in charge of opium production and marketing. In fact I suggested this some time ago but of course it went nowhere - it's tough being a wing-nut ahead of your time - but now it's even more obviously a no-brainer. I'm not even sure the Wheat Board needs its own army in Kandahar but why not? Everybody else has one. Maybe they could contract Afghan farm security and opium delivery to Abdul Raziq, notable Afghan security consultant spoken of approvingly by Nelofer Pazira ("The Dark Knight") but slightly less so by Matt Aikins ("Our Man in Kandahar") who flat out implicated Razzy in murder. But all of that is small beer next to stable prices for agricultural products that will lift Afghanistan out of poverty while it remorselessly sells social fabric-destroying heroin to NATO countries creating a huge criminal network through prohibition while also creating hideous consequences for the acolytes of Milton Friedman and his delusional ideology, the consequences being seen as an act of God rather than evidence for deficiencies in the ideology.

Anyway, it's one thing for guys like Raziq to manipulate NATO; it'll be another if he goes up against the Wheat Board.

Somebody should repeal the Nobel Prize in Economics.