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Originally posted by minnow
It's like invading New York and/or DC, poisoning the water food and gene poll for millenia to come with thousands of tons of Uranium, and leveling all historical and cultural icons like the skyscrapers, Statue of Liberty. Central Park, White House, etc and no one doing anything about it (scenes from the series 'Fringe?)!
Cold economic realities dictate that China is going to be the big player in the new Afghan gold rush -- and Washington had better wake up to that fact, soon.
Afghanistan sits on gargantuan deposits of untapped mining resources. And while the U.S. has been fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban, China and India have started securing mineral rights
In 2008, the China Metallurgical Group Corporation made a successful bid of $3 billion for mineral rights to the Mes Aynak site, which geologists believe has the second-largest copper reserves in the world.
The article also notes that the Taliban and some locals are currently attacking the site.
Mes Aynak is set for destruction at the end of December 2012. All of the temples, monasteries, statues as well as the Bronze age material will all be destroyed by a Chinese government-owned company called China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC). Six villages and the mountain range will also be destroyed to create a massive open-pit style copper mine.
A Buddhist statue overlooks a Chinese government-owned mining compound in Logar province, Afghanistan. Mes Aynak, a 2,600-year-old Buddhist site, could be destroyed in December to create a massive copper mine.
Because the US is the invading conqueror. The Afghan government cannot do diddly without war council approval from the US.
First off, what is this War Council? I have never seen mention or reference to it.