In the aftermath of the "coup" in Turkey, there has been so much speculation on who was behind it, and why, that adding yet more grist to the mill may seem counterproductive. After all, too much grist and the mill simply ceases to function. But a regular reader here, Ms. S.H. found this important article, and it's significant enough that I thought it deserved to be passed along:
As you'll note, the essence of the article is that the drug trade in opium flows from Afghanistan through Incirlik airbase - which, notably, the Sultan has turned on the power again and allowed NATO bombing missions to continue- and from Incirlik on to the markets in North America and, presumably, Europe.
There's some nuggets in this article, however, that contain their own clues for some high octane speculation, from the "globalization" of the drug trade:
But quality heroin has done a bit of “Globalization” in its own right, as such “good dope” is no longer the purview of Eastern regions exclusively. Shortly after Colombia and neighboring nations stepped up production of high-grade white heroin, Mexican Cartels (spearheaded by the Sinaloas) abandoned their position as lowly black-tar producers and middle-men, turning Guerrero’s staple cash crop from avocados to poppy in just a few short years:
...to the formation of "Drug trusts" (somewhat misnamed "Cartels") controlling the entire process from production to distribution, and even allegations that "GMO opium" has also entered the stream of the drug trade:
Some have even speculated that this global heroin explosion and corresponding quality increase is due, in no small part, to the emergence of Genetically Modified poppy plants. While hard evidence of this claim remains elusive, in a world where even GM yeast has proven effective in producing opiods, the thought can hardly be dismissed outright.
All this leads to the following thesis:
This investigation started with questions about the future of the NATO-backed drug terminal run out of Incirlik Air Base amidst ongoing political instability in Turkey; and while this author has succeeded in documenting CIA’s longstanding “alternative” to Incirlik being rapidly built up in West Africa as well as the fever-pitch of development to turn Southern Mexico into the next Northern Afghanistan, I must confess that I do not know exactly what this spells for the future of Turkish regime change.
I can, however, posit a hypothesis: As international gold reserves between West and East are being globalized, world currency holdings between nations via the SDR are being globalized, and the “new energy paradigm” of Agenda 21 is being globalized, is it inconceivable to think that the global drug trade, too, is being “equitably internationalized?”
Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer to this question – but I bet a fly on the wall at last week’s meeting between John Kerry and Vladimir Putin could shed some light on the situation.
So let's do a bit of high octane speculation. Most readers here are aware that Sultan Erdogan was involved in corruption of his own, soaking up money from ISIS's oil trade and shipments via Turkey, until Mr. Putin put an end to that. Let us also recall that recent revelations indicate that Erdogan's government was warned by Russia of an impending coup. Most of the speculation out there has centered upon the idea that with the apparent extent of the coup, it would have been impossible for at least someone's intelligence services picking up on it. But the entrance of the drug trade into the picture alters this consideration, and not inconsiderably. I take it as a given that the drug trade is not a CIA-only affair, but rather, that it is the principal means for most intelligence agencies to have access to funds free from the oversight of their respective governments, and that thus, the international "mafia" forms a kind of network of its own, a kind of "power of attorney" for all these intelligence agencies, a kind of "Sullivan and Cromwell" of the underworld, a firm that will broker for anyone for a "cut of the action". At this deep level, the CIA, FSI, MI6, Mossad, GRU, and so on, are all interconnected. It is an underground information flow. The article itself mentions the late Gary Webb's research into illicit drug operations of the American intelligence community in this regard. But we might equally mention Stephen Handelman's Comrade Criminal: Russia's New Mafiya and its overtones of Russian-KGB and GRU involvement in these drug(and teror) networks for some time. So, could this coup, which followed so quickly upon Mr. Erdogan's sudden about-face in the Middle East, have provided Mr. Erdogan a golden opportunity not only to break with his Suni-Wahhabist allies of yesterday to pursue Turkey's own Sufist version of Islamicization, but also have afforded him the opportunity to cash in on a relationship with Russia and China and their "silk road" project, including a hefty piece of the action for the drug trade?
And let's not hold back in our high octane speculations: could drugs and the domination of Central Asia poppy fields and distribution routes, be what this is all about?
I don't know about you, but I have a strong suspicion that this is the case.
See you on the flip side...