June 16, 2010

Something bigger than opium

Difficult to believe that anything could be more valuable to a backward country in need of a few extra dollars in its GDP bottom-line than border-to-border fields of opium poppies, but, heck, after all these years of being woebegone, poverty stricken and bombed to buggery, Afghanistan is, as luck would have it, sitting on a wealth of minerals so friggin' huge that it's almost suspicious that no one ever noticed before.

Now let the mineral wars begin.

US identifies vast mineral riches in Afghanistan

Afghan officials elated by minerals report


  1. Anonymous6:23 PM

    Funny this story should pop just now: apparentley it's old news:.

    “When I was living in Kabul in the early 1970’s the [U.S. government], the Russians, the World Bank, the UN and others were all highly focused on the wide range of Afghan mineral deposits. Cheap ways of moving the ore to ocean ports has always been the limiting factor,” the official said.

    Furthermore, in the mid 1980s, the chief engineer of the Afghan Geological Survey Department published a report pointing to vast reserves of mineral riches. The Afghan government was readying to work with the Soviets on extraction, before Russia pulled out of the country altogether as it’s empire began to crumble in 1989.


  2. Ah yes, but that was the Russians.

    This time the Americans did the mineral surveys.

    There will be no getting away from digging the country up this time.

    A little lithium goes a long way.