Problem: Canadian forces in Afghanistan, who are there at America's request, are doing most of the fighting in the Kandahar region in the south. Their task is not being helped by the poppy eradication program. Americans have long had a hate on for opium and its derivative, heroin. Afghan opium production is a major source for the world's consumption. So, Westerners are plowing poppy crops under, thereby taking bread from the mouths of poor Afghan farmers and supplying recruits to the Taliban. Canada is now at war with the Taliban. Solution: Buy the poppy crop. Give the required amount of product to legitimate pharmaceutical firms for production of morphine and other medical products. This would be a very small percentage of the crop. Burn the rest. Ensure that payment for the crop goes to the actual farmers. Send in a team of agronomists to determine the best possible crop substitutes. Start a program of crop substitution and ensure that Afghan farmers are paid for the new, substitute crop, whatever that may be. Since the heroin addiction problem is worldwide, funds to buy up the crop should be solicited from countries which have the most addicts. The United States comes to mind. Results: Fewer dead and wounded Canadian and allied soldiers. (News flash: getting killed or wounded in battle is painful.) Fewer dead Afghans. Less fear and hate in the region. Increased likelihood of non-military, negotiated solutions to Afghan problems. Fewer dollars spent. Less opium product available for the world's heroin refiners. Less income to Cosa Nostra and friends.