Oil and gas lie in Afghanistan saga
Vital natural resources, mainly oil and gas, are given top priority. The Caspian Sea Basin, land-locked, and surrounded by volatile nations, most of them Islamic, is within spitting distance of the tribal areas of north Afghanistan, and needs a network of pipelines, each with their terminals, to transport this liquid gold to open sea ports. Directing pipelines through Afghanistan to Pakistan's coast on the Indian Ocean solves the problem.
But it is only when we superimpose on our map the 13 American military bases scattered over the region's nine mainly Islamic countries do we get the full, true picture, a picture that is in sharp contrast to the lies we are being fed, like keeping our streets free of Taleban, be it Cowdenbeath or Croydon – the self-same Taleban we assisted during their ten-year Russian occupation. The propaganda being pedalled by the government on why we're there is both infantile and absurd. Plundering the Third World's natural resources to assuage our own greed is why we are in Afghanistan. Our colonial past is with us still.
George B Anderson, Dunfermline