In the light of the mineral discoveries, the Taliban will enlist far more membership, and fight all the more to control the mines. We recall that some nations, The United Arab Emirates for one, consider the Taliban to be the legitimate government in that region.
Although the American Government supports the Afghan government, last year officials in Afghanistan tried to give control of copper mines to China. Those officials were replaced. This clearly is going to be a trying time for Afghanistan and the nations of the world. Technology must be developed. Transportation, systematization -- all will require intervention. The temptation to make this another Iraq, another Kuwait will be overwhelming. We will wait, and see.