AFGHANISTAN: Another political case of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Over 10 years ago, the Americans exported hundreds of thousands of tons of wheat to Afghanistan in order to feed the poor and hungry. That resulted in the local price of wheat to collapse to about 20% of what it had been. Afghan farmers were forced to plough-in their worthless wheat crops and move to a more profitable crop: Opium Poppies. Was it all worth it? That once again begs the question – do politicians EVER carry out any sort of Risk Analysis when they take decisions?