If the US wanted to control these minerals, maybe they should have opened up trade deals with the Taliban instead of invading their country and trying to force them to do man-on-man anal and be ruled by women?
The swift fall of Afghanistan to Taliban fighters has triggered a humanitarian crisis, with thousands trying to flee the country. It’s also brought renewed focus on Afghanistan’s vast untapped mineral wealth, resources that could transform its economic prospects if ever developed.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest nations in the world. But in 2010, US military officials and geologists revealed that the country, which lies at the crossroads of Central and South Asia, was sitting on mineral deposits worth nearly $1 trillion.
Supplies of minerals such as iron, copper and gold are scattered across provinces. There are also rare earth minerals and, perhaps most importantly, what could be one of the world’s biggest deposits of lithium — an essential but scarce component in rechargeable batteries and other technologies vital to tackling the climate crisis.
“Afghanistan is certainly one of the regions richest in traditional precious metals, but also the metals [needed] for the emerging economy of the 21st century,” said Rod Schoonover, a scientist and security expert who founded the Ecological Futures Group.
Security challenges, a lack of infrastructure and severe droughts have prevented the extraction of most valuable minerals in the past. That’s unlikely to change soon under Taliban control. Still, there’s interest from countries including China, Pakistan and India, which may try to engage despite the chaos.
“It’s a big question mark,” Schoonover said.
Oh, no, not China!
Now the fate of the planet is in the hands of people who don’t care about climate change!
Demand for metals like lithium and cobalt, as well as rare earth elements such as neodymium, is soaring as countries try to switch to electric cars and other clean technologies to slash carbon emissions.
The International Energy Agency said in May that global supplies of lithium, copper, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements needed to increase sharply or the world would fail in its attempt to tackle the climate crisis. Three countries — China, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Australia — currently account for 75% of the global output of lithium, cobalt and rare earths.
The average electric car requires six times more minerals than a conventional car, according to the IEA. Lithium, nickel and cobalt are crucial to batteries. Electricity networks also require huge amounts of copper and aluminum, while rare earth elements are used in the magnets needed to make wind turbines work.
The US government has reportedly estimated that lithium deposits in Afghanistan could rival those in Bolivia, home to the world’s largest known reserves.
The Taliban was open for business in 2001 when the Jews sent the US military to invade their country.
They’re now open for business again, and will allow the Chinese to come in and mine these minerals.
The Chinese will smile, shake hands, and hand over bags of cash in exchange for mineral rights. They will not start trying to force men to do anal rimjobs on each other, nor will they attempt to topple the patriarchy and put women in charge of everything.
Trade as a means to global power is so obvious, and such basic common sense, that only a country completely controlled by Jews could throw away a massive trading advantage in favor of using military force to compel cultural transformation.
The US could very easily have rolled into every country on earth and said “hey, you guys do your thing – we’re just here to make deals!”
Sure, communistic nationalization of resources America had already paid for is a potential threat to that order, but it’s not nearly as big of a threat as it has been made out to be, and it is easily avoided by just making deals that are more fair. In actual reality, most of the cases of countries nationalizing American-owned oil fields were the result of the US military and intelligence apparatus meddling in national affairs.
There’s a Wikipedia page on the nationalization of oil fields by third world countries. You can check what was happening in every case.
Regardless of the specifics, nothing makes less sense than spending over 2 trillion dollars to try to turn an Islamic country into an anal matriarchy and getting literally zero in return.
how dare the Taliban squat like a greedy dragon on all of that lithium that rightly belongs to all of us 🙁 i bet they planned climate change all along to drive up demand 🙁
— 10,000 Motivated Rats (@bombsfall) August 19, 2021
???? #BREAKING China's MFA recognizes Taliban gov't = "respects the choice of the Afghan people"
➡️Afghanistan sits on $1 Trillion in minerals
— Prof. Michael Tanchum (@michaeltanchum) August 16, 2021