From the Globe and Mail in Canada:
Pipeline opens new front in Afghan war
Canadian role in Kandahar may heat up as allies agree on U.S.-backed energy route through land-mine zones and Taliban hot spots
June 19, 2008 at 2:30 AM EDT
OTTAWA — Afghanistan and three of its neighbouring countries have agreed to build a $7.6-billion (U.S.) pipeline that would deliver natural gas from Turkmenistan to energy-starved Pakistan and India – a project running right through the volatile Kandahar province – raising questions about what role Canadian Forces may play in defending the project.
To prepare for proposed construction in 2010, the Afghan government has reportedly given assurances it will clear the route of land mines, and make the path free of Taliban influence.
In a report to be released Thursday, energy economist John Foster says the pipeline is part of a wider struggle by the United States to counter the influence of Russia and Iran over energy trade in the region.
The so-called Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline has strong support from Washington because the U.S. government is eager to block a competing pipeline that would bring gas to Pakistan and India from Iran.
Remember Bush apologists going hysterical whenever someone in the peace movement said: “No blood for oil“? As, “of course” the war had nothing to do with oil, and everything with Bush’s deep love for “anti terrorism”, human rights, women’s rights, etc. etc.?
Well, purely technically speaking, this is not blood for oil. It is Canadian soldiers’ and Afghan civilians’ blood for the Afghan gas profits of Unocal corporation and other oil and gas capitalists.
Turkmenistan is a dictatorship … well never mind. In Pakistan, Bush’s crony Musharraf is still the dictator … never mind. In Afghanistan, foreign occupation, warlords, drug lords, and fundamentalist theocracy like during the Taliban days rule … never mind.
Unocal in Burma: here.
Canadian media spin on Afghan war: here.