- Ah, where did all those billions spent on Afghanistan go and what were they for? So the Chinese and others could come in and reap the mineral wealth of the country and the Afghan women could be returned to the Taliban for another round of fundamentalist abuse. Beautiful work USA.
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The money and blood pit that is Afghanistan – where the United States and Britain have spent more than 2100 lives and £302 billion ($580 billion) – is about to pay a dividend.
But it won’t be going to the countries which have made this considerable sacrifice. The contracts to open up Afghanistan’s mineral and fossil-fuel wealth, and to build the railways that will transport it out of the country, are being won or pursued by China, India, Iran, and Russia.
The potentially lucrative task of exploiting Afghanistan’s immense mineral wealth – estimated to be worth around £2 trillion, according to the Kabul Government – is only in the early stages. But already China and India in particular are doing deals and beginning work.
Facilities already established are being protected by local army and police, part of whose funding, and most of whose training, has been a US/British responsibility.