There has been plenty of speculation about ulterior motives for the Afghan war. There’s the profit of the heroin trade, the potential for a great oil pipeline and the strategic proximity to Iran and China.
Here’s something else to think about. Afghanistan is sitting on a wealth of valuable geological resources. Maybe even the ones that would someday replace oil for energy.
….Deposits in the country include iron, copper, cobalt, gold and industrial metals such as lithium, which is used in coolants, batteries for laptops and mobile phones as well as in pharmaceutical production.
Lithium batteries are being developed as a low-carbon way of powering vehicles, with Sanyo recently saying it was to start mass producing a lithium-ion battery later this year for solar cell systems and electric cars. The report claimed that Afghanistan contained so much of the metallic element that it could become the “Saudi Arabia of Lithium”.
The US Geological Survey began aerial surveys of Afghanistan in 2006, using data that had been collected by Soviet mining experts during the Soviet occupation in the 1980s…
Hmmm…Why are we there again?