Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mining Afghanistan's Treasure

Here's a sensible, if polyannish wish, for how to deal with the recently reported mineral treasures in Afghanistan.

A year or so ago, Derrick V. Jackson of the Boston Globe said we were trying to make Iraq safe for Exxon. That didn't work out so well.

I suspect that it won't work out so well in Afghanistan for Big Mining either.
Tribal customs and corruption as a way of life are sure to dash any such hopes

I am beginning to wonder though if those mineral treasures might be the real reason we're in Afghanistan. Michael Klare, professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, wrote an excellent and insightful book a few years ago called, Resource Wars. It might be a good time to take a new and closer look at his premise.


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