Any slim chance American citizens may cling to about an end of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan in the not so distant future has all but ended with this weekend’s announcement of vast resources discovered within Afghanistan’s borders.
“WASHINGTON — The United States 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.”
However, this was not a new discovery and it was well known prior to the U.S. invasion that Afghanistan housed extensive mineral resources. Afghanistan has long been a colonial jewel in central Asia perhaps for this very reason.
“Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was mapped by the Soviets during the 1980s, but was never exploited.”
As discussed in a previous commentary, many Americans are beginning to realize that the official pretext for remaining indefinitely in Afghanistan is invalid. Any war that is not won with a 1000 to 1 military advantage can not be won or the objective of the war is not which the establishment states.
Afghanistan has always been about resources, terrorism was the cover story and propaganda used to gain public support of the invasion. Long before the attacks of September 11th 2001 the U.S. and Britain had been eyeing Afghanistan as a necessary natural gas route.
“The US has promoted the TAPI pipeline since the 1990s. When the Taliban was governing Afghanistan, two consortia vied for the right to take on the project, one led by Unocal (an American firm) and the other by Bridas (an Argentinean firm). The US government supported the Unocal consortium. US negotiators participated in the Six-plus-Two conferences (the six countries bordering Afghanistan plus the US and Russia) from 1997 to 2001. The aim was to convince the Taliban to form a government of national unity.
At the time, the Taliban controlled 90 percent of Afghanistan but not the area held by the Afghan Northern Alliance. Unocal testified to Congress that the pipeline “cannot begin construction until an internationally recognized Afghanistan government is in place. For the project to advance, it must have international financing, government-to-government agreements and government-to-consortium agreements.” The Bush Administration urged the Taliban regime to form a government of national unity that would include the northern tribes. Bridas took a different approach—they negotiated separately with different tribes. The president of Bridas spent eight months visiting tribes along the pipeline route and reportedly had secured their cooperation for the venture.
Negotiations with the Taliban broke down in July 2001, just before the attacks of September 11. In October, the US ousted the Taliban, with the assistance of the Northern Alliance. “
The plans for the U.S. attack on Afghanistan predated the September 11th terrorist attacks. The only thing the administration needed for the green light was the appropriate crisis.
“A former Pakistani diplomat has told the BBC that the US was planning military action against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban even before last week’s attacks.
Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October. “
Additionally, Niaz Naik has claimed to have overheard a direct threat issued by the U.S. State Department prior to 9-11 when the Taliban were instructed to “accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.”
The above claims are disputed by war hawking establishment apologist, however Naik does stick to his story that he overheard these statements. If one chooses to invest in the validity of statements made by demonstrable liars in the U.S. State Department and the complicit mainstream media while simply ignoring or discarding any evidence to the contrary then this blog will probably serve little purpose. Now with the recent mineral resource discoveries added to the TAPI pipeline and the bustling opium industry that was a gift from the NATO invaders, Afghanistan will remain the center piece of the New Great Game for years to come.