Hamid Karzai to Japan: What’s Mine is Yours

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.

According to Karzai:

“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.”

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18 Responses to Hamid Karzai to Japan: What’s Mine is Yours

  1. feminazi says:

    There is a sweet irony here. The USA has fought the Taliban in Afghanistan for 9 years so naturally, we think we’re entitled to Afghanistan’s vast minerals. But in fact, as an independent nation, Afghanistan is free to do whatever it wants including give Japan the rights to first dibs on their riches.

  2. woyoyo says:

    If America wants Afghanistan’s riches we will just bomb them into submission and steal them. Think about: the US military is already in place. The Empire mentality we have means all the world’s gold is ours for the taking.

    Even when it isn’t.

  3. Hypernation says:

    By “investing blood” we presumably mean carpet-bombing a nation that had not shown any aggression internationally.

    I’d love to believe Karzai has any say in the matter, but it’s simply not how it has ever worked.

  4. joost says:

    The Karzai brothers are crooked and corrupt.

    When I see them accorded the pomp and circumstance usually reserved for heads of state and presidents, I want to puke.

  5. Bee says:

    Wow, that’s a bit of a slap in the face, isn’t it? Giving the priority to Japan…it’s actually making me LOL this morning.

  6. bradfrmphnx says:

    I agree that it is a huge slap in the face, but this is not surprising. We should just let them implode. We should never have been there in the first place. This is a country that takes 12 year old female rape victims and throws rocks at them until they are dead. This is a country that does not want to give women an education. This is a country that practices female circumsision, a bloody and often fatal custom. Let them dispose of themselves.

  7. Joe in Colorado says:

    Here’s my take. U.S. Justice is investigating Karzai’s election for irregularities and voter intimidation. I think he’s flipping the Obama White House the bird and a “take that motherf****rs.” We never learn when it comes to foreign policy and forging relations with thugs like Karzai. The late Saddam Hussein and the Shah of Iran, too.

  8. Stephan Iversonn says:

    I concur with everyone: the mineral riches do not belong to the USA — they belong to the Afghans.

    However, the New York Times has an interesting piece about who in Afghanistan may wind up the better from this discovery.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/weekinreview/20mcneil.html?ref=afghanistan

    The country’s underground treasure “will be good for the warlords and good for China, but not good for Afghans or the United States,” predicted Michael T. Klare, a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College in Massachusetts and the author of “Resource Wars” and “Blood and Oil.”

    History tends to second such skepticism. The great empires of the world were built thanks to gold mines, not atop them. It’s the little mercantile nations with their cohesive political systems and fierce navies that have looted the big feudal ones paved with rubies.

  9. Tim Waters says:

    Being the guy I am, I’m thinking a big reason we’re not out of that place is because we knew of the Riches for some time now. It’s on record we new since 2007.
    It’s possible W and the gang that couldn’t shoot straight new before that.
    For a while now, I feel as if we taken over Britons old job, world dominance.

  10. Tim Waters says:

    Being the guy I am, I’m thinking a big reason we’re not out of that place is because we knew of the Riches for some time now. It’s on record we new since 2007.
    It’s possible W and the gang that couldn’t shoot straight new before that.
    For a while now, I feel as if we taken over the Brits. old job, world dominance.

  11. Shayne K. says:

    Makes perfect sense. Japan is one the world’s leading electronics manufacturers and virtually everything we take for granted today, from cell phones, to I Pods, to GPS systems rely on lithium for batteries.

    What would the US use lithium for? Treating mental illness?

  12. Brigadoon says:

    Shayne K – Not just Japan, but South Korea, Taiwan and now Vietnam. The Asian electronics industry is so powerful and valuable that I see why Karzai would hand access to Japan. See what happens when your country has a manufacturing based economy versus a debtor economy? The USA needs to wake the hell up.

  13. Matteo says:

    Maybe this is why Karzai told the U.S. to fuck off?

    U.S. Testing Pain Ray in Afghanistan

    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/u-s-testing-pain-ray-in-afghanistan

    The U.S. mission in Afghanistan centers around swaying locals to its side. And there’s no better persuasion tool than an invisible pain ray that makes people feel like they’re on fire.

    OK, OK. Maybe that isn’t precisely the logic being employed by those segments of the American military who would like to deploy the Active Denial System to Afghanistan. I’m sure they’re telling themselves that the generally non-lethal microwave weapon is a better, safer crowd control alternative than an M-16.

    But those ray-gun advocates better think long and hard about the Taliban’s propaganda bonanza when news leaks of the Americans zapping Afghans until they feel roasted alive.

  14. Thai Noodles says:

    I predict with the discovery of this mineral haul, the American military will never leave Afghanistan now.

    The Feds and the Pentagon will find excuse after excuse for staying on. In fact, 25 years from today, combat troops will be in Kabul “fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here.”

  15. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    I’m still confused why the Pentagon is engaged in finding minerals in Afghanistan? I thought American troops were over there fighting and dying pushing back the Taliban?

    What’s next? The US government is going to sell Afghani opium?

  16. Peace Nick says:

    I agree, Thai Noodles.

    President Obama repeatedly said July 2011 would be the start of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

    But Rahm Emanuel was on ABC’s This Week and was asked by Jake Tapper about the withdrawal and “there is some confusion about this.”

    Really? Really Rahm? No, Obama said July 2011. Now that there’s a shit load of mineral goodies, the game has changed.

  17. fran says:

    What would the US use lithium for?

    How about a coveted component for Hybrid car batteries?

    Lithium Ion Battery – For Next Generation Hybrids and Electric Cars

    Lithium ion (or Li-ion) batteries are important because they have a higher energy density—the amount of energy they hold by weight, or by volume—than any other type. The rule of thumb is that Li-ion cells hold roughly twice as much energy per pound as do the previous generation of advanced batteries, nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH)—which are used in all current hybrids including the Toyota Prius. NiMH, in turn, holds about twice the energy per pound of the conventional lead-acid (PbA) 12-Volt battery that powers your car’s starter motor. It’s Li-ion’s ability to carry so much energy that makes electric cars possible.

    Compare the batteries from GM’s legendary EV1 to those for its upcoming Volt extended-range EV. The 1997 EV1 pack used lead-acid cells; it was almost 8 feet long and weighed 1200 pounds. But today’s Volt pack, using lithium-ion cells, stores the same amount of energy (16 kilowatt-hours) in a 5-foot-long container weighing just 400 pounds.

    The US did not stumble upon it, that was the goal.

  18. cva says:

    imagine what could happen if japan have access to over a trillion $’s worth resources…??
    interesting…

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