The Herald Sun’s resident Geologist, Andrew Bolt, laments “the Left’s” pessimism about new mineral deposits that have been identified in Afghanistan.

They’d rather pity the poor than praise their new freedom – and wealth

Nine years after the liberation of Afghanistan, deposits of minerals worth up to $1 trillion are discovered that could turn a beggared nation into one that may at last lift its people out of poverty.

So how does the Left welcome this news? Well, yes, you guessed it, I’m afraid.

Bush’s fault, of course, and probably a conspiracy by plutocrats. And won’t this be a crime against Gaia?

Right. What could possibly go wrong trying to set up a modern mining operation in Afghanistan? I’m sure that Twiggy Forrest and Gina Rinehart will be setting up in RSPT free Afghanistan in no time at all, won’t they?

What could possibly go wrong?

How about the location of the deposits?

many of the reserves were found in politically unstable areas, said Mr. Omar, the Mines Ministry spokesman.

Or who might feel that they are entitled to these resources?

One worry, raised by reporters at the presidential spokesman’s weekly news conference on Monday, is that neighboring countries as well as the Taliban would see the wealth as a further incentive to wrest power from the current government. Or perhaps in some areas, insurgents or warlords would try to ensure that a measure of the wealth came to them.

As for concerns about health and safety or environmental damage, I want you to name just ten times that’s been a problem.

You know, a bit of pessimism about a mineral deposit found in one of the world’s most unstable countries might be considered healthy scepticism. However, unrestrained optimism is much more useful when all you really want to do is sledge people that you disagree with.

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