The occupation of Afghanistan has achieved the near impossible. It has turned the Taliban from opponents to supporters of the opium trade. This means that British troops will face a lethal alliance of growers, druglords and suicide bombers as they try to defy the global market economy. A local anti-narcotics policeman gets $90 a month if he is lucky. A kilo of refined heroin at the Afghan border is about $900. The task of Britain's air assault brigade is somehow to reverse that tenfold differential.
Why does Blair think the free market reigns supreme in the UK, but has no effect elsewhere in the world?