Today’s ‘Independent’ reports:
“The money and blood pit that is Afghanistan – where the US and Britain have expended more than 2,100 lives and £302bn – is about to start paying 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 them out of the country, are being won or pursued by China, India, Iran, and Russia.”
Well, is that not being ungrateful, giving the contracts to countries which haven’t been slaughtering your people for the last ten years? Perhaps, Washington is now beginning to wish that they hadn’t given up on the Taliban back in 2001, which it had seen as a source of stability in Central Asia which would facilitate the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia through Afghanistan to Karachi.
Of course, the White House and the Pentagon are not idle and with the Taliban suspending talks in Doha, not because of the killing of innocent civilians, urinating on corpses, or the desecration of the Koran, but because they consider “talking with the Kabul administration as pointless,” we can expect Uncle Sam to drop the man who wears the nice shawls like a hot potato and when that happens the signed contracts that the Chinese, Indians, Iranians and Russians might have, will be worth just about the paper they are printed on. Of course, the price extracted by the Taliban this time round might be just a wee bit higher than the one they might have got in 2001.