Sunday, June 20, 2010
If corporate America was salivating over access to Afghanistan’s recently discovered untapped mineral resources, valued at more than $1 trillion, move to the back of the line because Afghan President Hamid Karzai told Japan it would be granted top priority to the riches.
“Morally, Afghanistan should give access as a priority to those countries that have helped Afghanistan massively in the past few years. We must return at the goodwill of the Japanese people by giving Japan priority to come and explore and extract.“
Japan is the number 2 humanitarian aid donor.
The world was stunned when the U.S. Department of Defense announced the minerals find and placed the value in the $1 trillion dollar range but Afghanistan’s Minister of Mines estimating the nation’s mineral wealth at $3 trillion or more.
From the perspective of the U.S. empire, American geologist and former consultant to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines, James Yeager said:
“The U.S. has invested far more in terms of blood and money than any other country in the world. And U.S. companies do not look certain to gain enormously from Afghanistan mineral riches either.”