Afghanistan is the New Pandora
...so sez the NY Times and the Pentagon.
While the discovery of nearly a trillion dollars of minerals may appear to be good news for Afghanistan (for instance, the Afghanis will finally be able to abandon their opium crops and the CIA will no longer be able to run its opium route), I think they have more to fear than just the Taliban redoubling their efforts to control the country. Like American corporations trying to muscle their way into this bonanza and the American military using the Taliban as an excuse for having no exit strategy.
So, did things just get a whole lot better for Afghanistan or a whole lot worse? And how much longer before we start developing avatars?