Originally posted by jjjigga
reply to post by WozaMeathed
That's simply a patrol...Not like the soldiers sit and guard the fields all day. Reason why Obama said don't pick/destroy the opium mainly because A)
it's not america, it's legal there. so the laws here don't apply there aka we can't just control them like that. B) it's pretty much how people
survive there, and we'd be destroying their livelihood.
No, actually it is how the warlords control the land. Afghanistan is a feudal society, meaning that the land is divided into subsections controlled
by lords where serfs work the land. The Americans threw money, guns and protection to anti-Taliban warlords from day one of the invasion to gain
their support. The Taliban abolished opium production, but now it flurishes without the Taliban to enforce erradication and with western forces'
backing the feudal lords.
Interesting fact of the day is that most of the millions/billions provided to these warlords for siding with the invaders ended up being invested in
megaprojects in the UAE. A lot of those pro-US warlords now have summer homes in the Palm Islands in Dubai.
The truth is no one is interested in exploiting the mineral wealth of Afghanistan.. putting in place the infrastructure needed to mine all these sites
would cost more than the eventual pay-off. So this whole thread is pure fiction and fantasy..
Not true at all. These rare earth minerals are an essential asset in the long run. China already owns 95% of known REM resources. These REM
resources are used in the production of high-end technology. What this means is that in the future, China can gain the upper hand in both developing
high-technology and controlling where the resources go.
The Afghan strategy is the same as in Iraq. The only difference is that Iraq has a much more organized government and military presence to protect
acquired resource assets (along with American-paid mercinaries and clandestine operatives), so the US was able to "withdraw" from Iraq to save face
with the public perception. Afghanistan is a different story.
We are all still there to build their infrastructure, specifically roads. We are always told that we are doing this for the Afghan people, but that
is a boldface lie. It is resource development and extraction 101. Corporate interests won't operate in a country without both security and efficient
extraction infrustructure (roads, harbours, airports), so the imperialists forces who have remained there to this day continue to build up this
infrastructure. This also includes my own country's involvement.
edit on 20-2-2012 by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi because: (no reason