Drug trafficking jihad is a plague on Islam

Hezbollah, in collusion with the Assad regime in Syria, has succeeded to a great extent in turning Syria into a large market for the sale of its drugs.
Saturday 21/09/2019
Workers collect marijuana plants in a field in the village of Yammoune in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. (AFP)
Trafficking in the shadow of war. Workers collect marijuana plants in a field in the village of Yammoune in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. (AFP)

Iran is one of the major drug-producing and smuggling countries in the world.

We have known for a long time that Salafist movements, parties, militias and Islamic groups that are (very) militant on the side of the oppressed and the misguided, excel in the cultivation of cannabis, opium, poppy and cocaine and have mastered the art of smuggling, selling and promoting them in Muslim, Christian and Jewish lands, to get enough money to buy car bombs, mines, daggers and swords, toxic gas bombs, rockets and silencers, with which to blow up schools, hospitals, public markets, mosques, ports and airports and to assassinate polytheists who call for moderation, dialogue, justice, democracy, peace, human rights, freedom of religion and gender equity.

This has been going on for the past half a century or so. Surprisingly, the US Treasury Department learnt about it only a few days ago and realised that the Lebanese Hezbollah was getting its funding from its South American drug trade.

The poor department was not aware that the Lebanese Bekaa Valley had, since 2012, become the private and closed kingdom of Hezbollah, where the Lebanese state is forbidden to set foot and enforce its laws that forbid the cultivation of cannabis and smuggling it to the Arab Gulf countries, Syria and Iraq. It is a very well known and documented fact that the Bekaa Valley produces up to 1,000 tonnes of cannabis annually and 30-50 tonnes of opium used to make heroin.

Hezbollah, in collusion with the Assad regime in Syria, has succeeded to a great extent in turning Syria into a large market for the sale of its drugs and a hub for exporting the drugs to neighbouring countries. During the last few years, Hezbollah has doubled its drug production and Lebanon has become an important source of drugs globally.

Rumour has it that senior Hezbollah figures and pro-Hezbollah religious figures have issued fatwas allowing the cultivation, exporting and selling of drugs “if no harm is going to come from them.”

Iran can boast of being one of major drug-producing and -smuggling countries in the world and this is happening during the reign of Ali Khamenei, the all-holy “Hussein” of our times, to borrow Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah’s description.

Iran is the largest buyer and exporter of Afghani opium. It is the world's most dangerous heroin producer, with 95% of the global heroin supply coming from Iran. Iranian drugs are smuggled into Gulf countries either by the sea on ships from Iranian ports, or through the Iraqi-Syrian border with Saudi Arabia and across the Yemeni border from the Houthi areas.

Under the reign of the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2001, the cultivation of heroin poppies in the Afghani mountains and plains has flourished, with the blessing and collusion of the holy scholars and figures of Islamic Jihad in Pakistan and Iran. Afghanistan's annual exports of opium and heroin are said to amount to $5.2 billion, equivalent to 50% of the country’s GDP.

Even Afghani citizens admit that the drug trade has raised the standard of living of the people in the areas where it is grown to an unprecedented level in the world's poorest country.

There are accusations floating about charging the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front and the Popular Mobilisation Forces militias in Iraq with relying, in part or wholly, on the drug trade to finance their “mujahideen” and their activities, because the money they illegally receive from their sleeper cells deployed in the Middle East and Europe is insufficient.

What is this religion that allows drugging people and destroying their minds and hearts and embezzling their money? What kind of mujahideen are these who knowingly or unwittingly are slaughtering the Islamic religion itself?

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