Monday, 14 June 2010

The 'key' to success in Afganistan - $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits

Well as expected Cameron the Prime Minster, has started off on the same footing as Brown hobbled away on in regard to foreign policy and Afghanistan, and back from his trip and briefing MPs he said that people are asking why are we in Afghanistan:

“Let me tell you; I can answer in two words; national security.”

“Our forces are in Afghanistan to prevent Afghan territory from again being used by al-Qaeda as a base to which lunch attacks on the UK or our allies.”

So it has nothing to do with a report in the New York Times then, that says the US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.

Well this changes everything then, whilst the US have been protecting their interest in a pipeline carrying oil for the west, they that’s the Pentagon of the United States military establishment, have been snooping around and have found what amounts to an 'Aladdin's Cave' of new riches, an abundance of  mineral and material possessions and resources, and they will grab the lot!


Chris H said...

Pity the poor Afghanis!

A treasury beneath their soil that could bring independence and a better life for their people. But western imperialist troops and an IMF hungry for fresh resources makes this a poisoned chalice.

Norbert said...

That's very eloquently put Chris, and thinking about it that's why in one month so many senior Tory's have been visiting Afghanistan.

It also means that the west may be fighting the Taliban for many more years to come, guaranteed!

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