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Originally posted by Gwampo
If Afghanistan is so nutrient/resource/gold rich and we have been there for 10 years, how come our economy is in the dumpster?
Where are all those resources we have been mining?
Originally posted by Unvarnished
reply to post by THE_PROFESSIONAL
As an ethnic Afghan, I can tell you all this is one of the main reasons why they are in Afghanistan. Another reason is so they can watch the Russians, the Iranians, and the Pakistanis. Afghanistan is probably one of the most strategic locations for America.
The last mining boom in Afghanistan was over 2,000 years ago in the era of Alexander the Great, when gold, silver and precious stones were routinely mined. Geologists have known of the extent of the mineral wealth for over a century, as a result of surveys done by the British and Russians. An American company was offered a mining concession over the entire country in the 1930s but turned it down. Despite this historical knowledge, global interest was only really boosted in 2010 when the Pentagon commissioned a report from the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Some of the oldest known mines in the world believed to have been established in Afghanistan, Lapis lazuli was being mined in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan as early as the 3rd millennium BC In ancient Egypt, lapis lazuli was a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs and was used in Egypt’s pyramids; it was also used in ancient Mesopotamia by the Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians for seals and at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh. During the height of the Indus valley civilization about 2000 BC,
President Hamid Karzai remarked "Whereas Saudi Arabia is the oil capital of the world, Afghanistan will be the lithium capital of the world, Afghanistan invited 200 global companies for the development of its mines
China Metallurgical Group won the bidding for a copper mining project in Aybak, Samangan, Afghanistan
In November 2007, a 30-year lease was granted the development of a copper mine at Mes Aynak in Logar Province to the China Metallurgical Group for $3 billion
In December 2011, Afghanistan signed an oil exploration contract with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for the development of three oil fields along the Amu Darya river. Afghanistan will have its first oil refineries within the next three years, after which it will receive 70 percent of the profits from the sale of the oil and natural gas
Originally posted by casenately
and now begins the resource rape.
I wonder how much of that wealth to be generated will be spent on the Afghan people. They could rebuild their country and become a stable nation again. When you have nice things and security you tend to tell the people selling suicide bomber position to piss off. Kind of like the way rich people avoided the draft in Nam. People would be too busy building themselves up economically and academically to bother with people who don't like dancing and miniskirts. The guys trying to get you to strap bombs on yourself all of a sudden seem more like door to door vacuum cleaner salesmen.
Too bad it will go to foreign companies and not even the people making the sacrifices there conquering the country get to partake in the spoils of their conquest.
Originally posted by occrest
reply to post by ignant
"Depleted uranium is radioactive and extremely destructive to humans - with a half-life of 4.5 billion years. In other words, it takes 4.5 billion years for one kilogram of depleted uranium to reduce to a half a kilogram - the US has forever contaminated the Middle East.
This MAY not be true, at least according to a Tom Bearden. From his site.
An apparatus exploiting the production of a time-reversal zone to selectively enhance a nuclear reaction will be shown in Fig. 24. Methods for treating a mass by creating a particular spacetime engine will be shown in Figs. 26A-26B. This process can be applied to inert or living matter. By "steering" the process as the changes occur, substances harmful to the environment such as chemical and radioactive wastes can be altered into new harmless elements and compounds.
I don't know whether this man is legitimate, or if he is a fraud. I just did a search on "how to neutralize radioactive waste" and his site was the first to pop up.
Originally posted by THE_PROFESSIONAL
I was speaking to a family friend of mine and they said that when he was in the Pakistani army in the middle east, he told me that the British had mapped out all these mineral and oil deposits and when he asked the question, his superior said that they were not supposed to talk about it. Taliban my ass.
Originally posted by DJW001
reply to post by THE_PROFESSIONAL
Absolutely, even though a lot of people knew thus I wanted to make it into a concise link that can share knowledge Andre truth, glad you enjoyed
Given how rich in resources Afghanistan is, it makes one wonder what the Taliban did to exploit them for the benefit of the Afghan people while they were in charge.
Originally posted by miniatus
That's great news for Afghanistan .. since they own it and all ..
But I'm sure America will get some lucrative contracts out of the deal
Originally posted by beezzer
So, um. . . "9/11" was "staged" so that we could mine in Afghanistan?
The USS Cole was bombed for lithium in Afghanistan?
A decade of war, thousads of lives lost, more permanently injured, so we could mine in fracking Afghanistan?
Yeah, I'm sure the moon landing was staged to we could mine in Afghanistan as well!
JFK was killed so we could mine in Afghanistan also.
Hey, the War of 1812 was all a plan just so we could get ore in Afghanistan!
*forgive me if I don't join in the orgasmic group-glee of finding a reason just to hate on America.edit on 16-2-2012 by beezzer because: (no reason given)