U.S. geologists have identified massive mineral deposits in Afghanistan. We’re talking maybe $1 trillion, which would be a fundamental game-changer for the Afghan economy (currently consists of growing opium and trafficking drugs). The New York Times reports:
“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday. “There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”
“This will become the backbone of the Afghan economy,” said Jalil Jumriany, an adviser to the Afghan minister of mines.
There seems to be a long road ahead, and many potential pitfalls, but at its heart this is huge for the Afghan people.