This video from the USA is called The Oil Factor – Why are we in Afghanistan? O-I-L.
First, the propaganda said, for arresting Osama Bin Laden. Well, no one seems to know after nine years of bloodshed of mainly civilians where Bin Laden is, and NATO governments do not really seem to care.
Then, the propaganda said, to promote Afghan women‘s rights and democracy. Well, there is now in Kabul a puppet government, “elected” by a million and a half fraudulent votes. It is the most corrupt government in the world (along with Somalia, suffering from United States “humanitarian intervention” war as well). It is based on warlords, drug dealers, and banking con artists (including the president’s brothers). It legalizes marital rape and jails women for having been raped. Propaganda on the war promoting girls’ education turns out to be lies. Afghan women’s rights spokespeople, like Malalai Joya, expelled from Parliament for feminism, and women’s organization RAWA, strongly oppose what was George W. Bush’s, and is now Obama’s, war. Like most Afghans, most people in the USA (and in the other countries where the occupation soldiers come from) oppose the war.
Then, why are Canadian soldiers dying in Afghanistan? An earlier item on this blog pointed out gas pipeline big business interests. Another item pointed out big business interests of the arms industry in Canada (and elsewhere).
These are not the only reasons. It seems that we need to add: “for mining bosses”.
From the Canadian Press today:
Canadian mining firm among companies shortlisted for Afghan iron deposit
Thursday, 20 January 2011 01:46
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A Canadian mining company has made the shortlist to bid for Afghanistan’s giant Hajigak iron ore deposit.
Toronto-based Kilo Goldmines Ltd. (TSX-V: KGL) is one of the companies the Afghan Mines Ministry invited this week to bid on what it claims is Asia’s largest unmined iron deposit.
Fifteen of the shortlisted companies are from India, two are from Iran, and the rest are from the United States, Turkey, China, Britain and Australia.
“We are very happy with the group of companies that have been shortlisted,” Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani said in a statement.
“They represent the high level of international interest in developing Afghanistan’s mineral wealth.”
The Afghan government estimates the Hajigak deposit, in the country’s mountainous Bamyan province, has some 1.8 billion tons of iron ore.
“We look forward to a successful bid round and to the eventual development of Hajigak,” Shahrani said.
Most of the deposit is in Bamyan province, 130 km west of the capital, Kabul. The rest of the deposit spills over into neighbouring Parwan and Wardak provinces.
Violence has flared recently in those areas as insurgents mount attacks away from their southern strongholds, including Kandahar province, where the bulk of Canada’s soldiers are stationed.
The mines ministry has set an early-August deadline for bids, and exploration is expected to begin next year.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai surprised many on Friday when he agreed to cut Russian energy giant Gazprom in on the construction and operation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline: here.
Our tragic and pathetic Afghanistan adventure is a dramatic commentary on the state of Canadian politics and democracy. Despite all the evidence that continuing to stay in this benighted country is worse than pointless, despite the fact that the majority of Canadians want to get out sooner rather than later and despite the fact that even Stephen Harper recognizes that the Karzai regimen is one of the most repugnant and corrupt Canadians have ever been asked to support we are unable as a nation to extricate ourselves from this deadly mess: here.
“How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War, Why Are We Still in Afghanistan?” Here.
Britain: A former top diplomat’s comments that the military had a “use them or lose them” attitude to troops in Afghanistan was no “slip of the tongue”, a former Defence Secretary tells Channel 4 News. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, former special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said earlier this month that British commanders committed troops to Afghanistan because they feared the Army would be cut if the troops were not deployed: here.
Former Pakistani spy who aided U.S., Taliban reported dead in militant custody. Sultan Amir Tarar was seized 10 months ago. He reportedly received a plaque from the Reagan administration after helping to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. Later, he was close to Mullah Omar: here.
USA: The 50th Anniversary of Eisenhower’s Farewell Address Warning of the Military-Industrial-Complex: here.
Canada’s Conservative government promotes militarism, monarchy, and reaction: here.