The economics of WAR in Afghanistan Multi-billion Dollar Mining Boom: Anyone who still believes that we re fighting the good war in Afghanistan needs to reviewMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 9, 2009View Source
The economics of WAR in Afghanistan
Multi-billion Dollar Mining Boom:
Anyone who still believes that we're fighting the good war in Afghanistan needs to review the facts. As the case with all wars, this one is also about access to resources. There is ample documentation of interest in an Afghan pipeline going back to the 1990s:
Between the Taliban taking over Kabul in September 1996 and the Group of Eight (G-8) summit in the summer of 2001, neither the administration of president Bill Clinton nor that of his successor, President George W Bush, ever designated Afghanistan as a terrorist or even a rogue state: the Taliban were wined and dined as long as they played the Pipelineistan game in Central Asia (see Pipelineistan revisited, December 24-25, 2003).
Unocal - which had put the CentGas Pipeline Consortium in place - hired Henry Kissinger as a consultant. Unocal also hired two very well-connected Afghans: Zalmay Khalilzad, a Pashtun with a PhD from the University of Chicago and former Paul Wolfowitz aide, and Hamid Karzai, a Pashtun from Kandahar. In 1996, both Khalilzad and Karzai were ultra-pro-Taliban. Karzai is now Afghanistan's US-backed ruler. Khalilzad also made splendid career moves: Bush-appointed National Security Council member (working under Condoleezza Rice), "special envoy" to Afghanistan (only nine days after the Karzai government was sworn in), and current US ambassador.
The Taliban didn't want to play ball: every time, they wanted more money and more investments for the roads and the infrastructure of their ravaged country - until an exasperated Washington decided to finish them off. This was discussed in Geneva in May 2001, at the G8 summit in Genoa in July 2001, and finally at a Berlin hotel, also that July, a meeting involving US, Russian, German and Pakistani officials. Asia Times Online later learned in Islamabad that the US plan was to strike against the Taliban from bases in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan before October 2001. Then the terrorist attacks of September 11 happened, providing Washington the perfect excuse to go it alone.
Some of the richest mineral deposits in the world exist scattered throughout Afghanistan. A promotional brochure distributed by the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines claims the Hajigak iron deposit in Bamiyan contains 1.8 billion tons of ore with a concentration of 62 percent iron [pdf]. There is also abundant coal nearby that can be used for the coking process and to generate electricity making this a world class site for mine development.
In 2002, the US Geological Survey (USGS) published a list of more than 1000 deposits, mines, and occurrences in Afghanistan to confirm the country's wealth of mineral and hydrocarbon resources. Among the minerals found in abundance are gold, copper, iron, mercury, lead, and rare metals such as cesium, lithium, niobium, and tantalum. There is more than 11 million metric tons of recoverable copper. In the 1980s, Soviet geologists and engineers began exploration and preliminary mine development of the 28 square kilometer copper field.
Such a meshing of economic and geopolitical strategies fits with the strategic agenda outlined in the recent US National Defense Strategy (USNDS) 2008. The USNDS 2008 outlines America's strategy to economically engage China and Russia, while still relying on the old Cold War era strategy of containment by NATO forces as a military backup. This latest strategic statement outlines how the US "will develop strategies across agencies, and internationally, to provide incentives for constructive behavior while also dissuading them [China and Russia] from destabilizing actions". Strategists in the NATO states are concerned with controlling the growth of Russia and China in Central Asia as these two emerging powers increase their level of mutual cooperation through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Russia China Security Partnership. Allowing China to make a huge and extremely risky investment, for which success is entirely dependent on a continued NATO military occupation of Afghanistan on China's border, may be a cunning tactic as part of the engagement-containment strategy outlined in the USNDS 2008.
Steinhardt is active in political circles ranging from centrist Democratic to neo-conservative, having been a past chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council and a board member of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, to which he donated $250,000 in 2002. While Steinhardt may have been a Friend of Bill, he apparently was no Friend of Hill. According to Newsmeat.com, a tracker of publicly-available campaign contributions, in the 2000 New York senatorial primary, he donated $1,000 (then the maximum allowable under law) to Republican Rudy Giuliani. When Mayor Giuliani dropped out of the race, Steinhardt contributed an equal amount to Giuliani's successor, Rick Lazio. Steinhardt also gave $1,000 to Lazio in the general election.
In 2001, Steinhardt, along with several other investors including Conrad Black, founded the New York Sun, a niche New York City broadsheet best known for its unflinching pro-Israel support and generally (but not invariably) neo-conservative outlook. Steinhardt wrote a letter to President Clinton advocating the pardon of Marc Rich, calling him "my friend...who has been punished enough" (on January 20th, 2001, Clinton's last day in office, Rich was in fact pardoned.) Steinhardt was an early promoter of the possible presidential candidacy of Michael Bloomberg in 2008
Israeli demolitions fuel conflict
Israel is damaging the prospects for peace with Palestinians by grabbing land and violating civil liberties in East Jerusalem, according to an internal EU report.
During the Six-Day War in 1967 Israel invaded and occupied the city's eastern part, which is currently home to some 190,000 Israelis as well as 210,000 Palestinians and the third holiest site in Islam, the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Since 2004, it has demolished 400 Palestinian homes, with 1,000 more demolition orders pending. But since 2007, it has approved the building of almost 3,000 new Israeli housing units. Israeli settlements without building permits are rarely disturbed, the EU report says.
"Israel is, by practical means, actively pursuing the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem," it says. "House demolitions in occupied east Jerusalem are illegal under international law, serve no obvious purpose, have severe humanitarian effects and fuel bitterness and extremism."
Is 911 linked to Mossad?
New York Times Feb. 19, 2006: Ali al-Jarrah was the revelation that a Lebanese Muslim Arab who has been taken into custody by the Lebanonwhich has accused him of being a spy for some 25 years for Israeli intelligencejust happens to be a cousin of one of the Muslims alleged to have been one of the 9-11 hijackers.
Ali al-Jarrah, a Palestinian, had been working as a paid asset of the Mossad for more than two decades. One of Mr. Jarrah's cousins, Ziad al-Jarrah, was among the 19 hijackers who carried out the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001." The Times added that the men were 20 years apart in age and they did know one another.
As far back as August 3, 1993, investigative reporter Robert I. Friedman revealed in New York's Village Voice that Ahmad Ajaj, a 27-year-old West Bank Palestinian held in federal custody for conspiracy in the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, may have been a Mossad mole, according to Friedman's sources. Ajaj was arrested at Kennedy Airport on Sept. 1, 1992, after he arrived on a Pakistani International flight from Peshawar carrying a forged Swedish passport and bomb making manuals. He was taken into custody, and subsequently pleaded guilty to entering the country illegally.
Although the FBI identified Ajaj as a senior intifada terrorist, with links to Hamas (the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist organization), Kol Ha'ir, a respected Hebrewlanguage weekly published in Jerusalem, said Ajaj was never involved in intifada activities or with Hamas or even the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Instead, according to Kol Ha'ir, Ajaj was actually a petty crook arrested in 1988 for counterfeiting U.S. dollars out of a base in East Jerusalem. Ajaj was convicted of the counterfeiting charges and then sentenced to two-anda- half years in prison.
According to Friedman, writing in The Village Voice: "It was during his prison stay that Mossad, Israel's CIA, apparently recruited him, say Israeli intelligence sources. By the time he was released after having served just one year, he had seemingly undergone a radical transformation."
Friedman reported that Ajaj had suddenly become a devout Muslim and an outspoken hard-line nationalist. Then, Ajaj was arrested for smuggling weapons into the West Bank, supposedly for Fatah al-Islam, a faction of the PLO.
But Friedman says this was actually a sham. Friedman's sources in Israeli intelligence say that the arrest and Ajaj's subsequent deportation were "staged by Mossad to establish his credentials as an intifada activist. Mossad allegedly `tasked' Ajaj to infiltrate radical Palestinian groups operating outside Israel and to report back to Tel Aviv.
Israeli intelligence sources say that it is not unusual for Mossad to recruit from the ranks of common criminals."
After Ajaj's "deportation" from Israel, he showed up in Pakistan, where he turned up in the company of the anti-Soviet mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan. (Incidentally, Andrew Allen, a wealthy San Francisco character who likes to take on assignments for the CIA to prevent boredom, admitted under oath "running" supplies into Afghanistan. He was also instrumental in destroying Librty Lobby and its newspaper, The Spotlight.)
According to Covert Action Information Bulletin (September 1987)the funding and supply lines for the mujahideen during the Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan, were not only the "the second largest covert operation" in the CIA's history, but they were also, according to former Mossad operative Victor Ostrovsky (writing in The Other Side of Deception), under the direct supervision of the Mossad. Ostrovsky wrote: A large portion of the mujahideen's weapons were American-made and were supplied to the Muslim Brotherhood directly from Israel, using as carriers the Bedouin nomads who roamed the demilitarized zones in the Sinai.
After Ajaj's ventures with the mujahideen, he popped up in New York and purported to befriend members of a small so-called "radical" clique surrounding the blind Sheikh Abdel-Rahman, who was accused of being the mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing.
Ajaj's traveling companion was Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, an Iraqi who law enforcement sources say was a "key player" in the first World Trade Center bombing. Ramzi Yousefis the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohamad, whom the U.S. government has said was the "mastermind" of the 9-11 attacks. There were many figures in Islamic circles who believed that Mohamad and Yousef were actually undercover assets for Israel.
Ajaj who was the source of the famed "al Qaeda terrorist manual" that was widely touted by the FBI in the wake of the second World Trade Center attack in 2001.
On Feb. 26, 1993, the actual day of the World Trade Center bombing, Ajaj was "safe" in federal prison serving a six-month sentence for entering the country on a forged passport. Later, he was indicted for conspiracy in the WTC bombing.
Comment: Just put this into the "I just didn't know file". I just report the news, but now watch how I will be attack by the extremists, who are pro-Israel, the hush machine.
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