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Afghanistan’s Mineral Wealth and World War III

Access to oil determined the outcome in World War II: Germany, the first to develop jets, could not fly them due to the lack of oil, and Japan resorted to kamikaze tactics to save fuel by cancelling the return flights.1 Neither technology nor bravery compensated for oil, which alone determined the victory.

Now that China has restricted the export of rare-earth minerals, and Afghanistan has some of the main deposits, and the wars are going to be decided by drones and electronics with rare-earth minerals as the essentials, Afghanistan has become the field of confrontation even before WWIII.

  China may emerge as the new archetype if it succeeds to create jobs closer to peoples’ roots and, hence, turnaround the economy to rely on the domestic market instead of exports. It has come a long way in this direction as reported in The Economist. (February 25th, 2012: Changing Migration Patterns, Welcome Home.) Further advances in this direction will add to world stability. China has also avoided confrontation and “turned the other cheek” to intimidations from the US and Japan in order not to be swerved from its determination to own its economy, and to internalize development. In a remarkable reversal of roles, China has secured resources through commercial deals in Africa and in Asian, but the advocate of freedom and commerce, the US, has done so through rogue policies of invasions and the creation of 800 permanent bases, which are the infrastructure for containing China.

  Perhaps China ignores provocations because the Opium Wars have taught it perseverance in the face of jingoism. Or, given its meager defense budget, finds it cost-effective to leave the US continue in self-destruction by pursuing wars and leaving its people in the lurch. China pursues the welfare of its people and has to avoid confrontation, but with no reciprocity from the US. Therefore, WWIII still remains on the radar. The US has averaged a war in every one-and-a-half year of its birth. A hermit among the Founders detected the DNA of jingoism and expressed it succinctly:

One thing, however, is much less equivocal, which is, that out of the matters contained in these books [Mathew, Mark, Luke and John], together with the assistance of some old stories, the Church has set up a system of religion very contradictory to the character of the person whose name it bears. It has set up a religion of pomp and of revenue, in pretended imitation of a person whose life was humility and poverty.2

A religion thus interlarded with quibble, subterfuge, and pun has a tendency to instruct its professors in the practice of these arts. They acquire the habit without being aware of the cause.3

The US is still not “aware of the cause” or implications of its jingoism even in spite of unequivocal warnings by its most beloved war hero. President Eisenhower, in the last day of his Presidency, when freed from the Dulles brothers, reminded the Nation about the danger that misplaced power posed to freedom and peace both inside and outside the US:

[W]e have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, and even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, and every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications….

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial- complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present.[…]

Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Because of dysfunctional political system and the non-existence of a “government for the people,” the most beloved war hero chooses to air his most regurgitated concerns about the perils facing his nation from the safety of his retirement. That is also the reason why the first Afro-American President has become a statue unable to cope with the worst of crises. This state of affairs cannot last and we can see why the 99% are outraged and are determined for a total overhaul of the system. Their success is the only guarantee for peace in the world.

The Kleptocracy that rules Afghanistan, and the Afghans who are the beneficiaries of the largesse and outright bribery by the US, are all banking on the permanency of the US presence in Afghanistan. This is their insurance for long lasting comfort. The patriotic Afghans, however, are worried about the last acts of a desperate rogue. Afghanistan may not have seen the worst yet. But even far worse rogueries cannot make the 99% more miserable than they are. The last Imperial boo-boos may well boomerang on the Kleptocrats and end their days of comfort.

Those Afghans who have bought double insurance for comfort, by an additional enslavement to Russia, and have written off the war reparations as a favor to Russia, have to realize that Russia is in no better shape than the US. Russia will be engulfed in riots as soon as the speculative bubble bursts and the high oil prices tumble. Russia is prone to nose-diving in the shaky economy that the Military Industrial Congressional4 Complex has bestowed upon the world.

Those who care about Afghanistan, about its one million drug addicts, [I was corrected on this matter by a high government official who stated two million as the more realistic figure.] its 50-60% unemployment, the miseries of its women who have resorted to suicides, and other miseries that have befallen us due to NATO’s boots on the ground, can take comfort in the auspiciousness of the present time when Heavens and Earth are congruent in the call for HUMAN DIGNITY, JUSTICE & DECENCY:

  • Allah in His all-encompassing mercy, would not make Afghanistan the testing ground for three super powers without fulfilling the following promise:

“[…] We wrote in Psalms: that the Earth will only be inherited by My servants who are prone to doing good.” (21:105)

  • The 99%, in the US, Europe, and all over the world are seeking the restoration of Human Dignity, decency, and access to clean water, air, food and jobs. Humanity as a whole is rejecting Corporatism, Globalization and Privatization. Silencing them through Militarization and “creative destruction” is Fascism, which the world has rejected before.

 The cry of the 99% is the universal anger against the Neocons & Fascism.

The Neocons can no longer hide behind the smoke screen of 9/11. The Islamic world will eventually seek a thorough investigation of the phenomenon to know the real culprits behind it. A Representative from New York, called King, is investigating the innocent Muslim communities, under the Dome of the US Congress. But the evidence is overwhelmingly pointing in the direction that President Eisenhower has presciently spoken about.

The day of reckoning is not far when decency will make its voice heard.

Abderrahman Ulfat        04.04.2012


1 War & Oil, A Film, based on Daniel Yergin’s, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, Free Press, 1992

2 Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, Gramer,cy Books, 1993, pp. 25-26.

3 Ibid, 24

4 The address was in preparation for two years. In one version, the Congress was included with the rest, which the 8% approval rating verifies.