A deal has been struck on building a 1,700km (1,050m) pipeline to carry Turkmen natural gas across Afghanistan to Pakistan and India.
The Tapi project aims to feed energy-deprived South Asian markets and transit fees may benefit Afghanistan.
But details about security and funding were not addressed in the framework agreement reached by the four states.
The pipeline will have to cross Taliban-controlled regions and Pakistan’s troubled border region.
Turkmenistan has previously costed the project at $3.3bn (£2.1bn, 2.5bn euros) although other estimates are as high as $10bn.
Tapi, a project which dates back to the mid-1990s, is backed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The US has also encouraged the project as an alternative to a proposed Iranian pipeline to India and Pakistan.
The framework intergovernmental agreement was signed in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat by three presidents – Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan and Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan – and India’s energy minister, Murli Deora.
“This will not be an easy project to complete – it is mandatory that we guarantee the security of the pipeline and the quality of construction work,” ADP chief Haruhiko Kuroda told reporters in Ashgabat. …
Rabbit hole: Nine years ago, in 2002, I posted an interesting rumor, that “The 9-11 attacks were an inside job to create outrage and allow conquest of Afghanistan for a US pipeline”.
The story is that the Taliban came to Texas (BBC Dec 4, 1997) while George W. Bush was governor of that state. The Taliban’s negotiation with Unocal went poorly and Unocal went to congress and told them the pipeline would not happen unless there was regime change in Afghanistan. (more)
Before 9/11 there was supposedly a build up of US troops around Afghanistan months before 9/11. (more). Condi, formerly of Chevron, who had an oil tanker named after her, and who supposedly warned Willie Brown not to fly on 9/11, also supposedly had the invasion of Afghanistan plans finalized and on her desk two days before 9/11. (sources: msnbc | link ) Those plans supposedly just “HAPPENED to include the “turn over bin Laden or we attack” ultimatum. The plans were used in the attack following Sept. 11th 2001. It is also interesting to note that:
Is the current leader of Afghanistan a former Unocal consultant?
The original claim that Karzai worked for Unocal originates from a 6 December 2001 issue of the French newspaper Le Monde, Barry Lane UNOCAL’s manager for public relations states that, “He was never a consultant, never an employee.” -wiki
If there was a real government conspiracy around 9/11, wouldn’t Wikileaks have it by now? One could wildly and irresponsibly speculate that the truth about 9/11 is what’s in the “insurance” file that was released encrypted. It could be the confiscated video, for example, of a missile and not a jet hitting the Pentagon on 9/11. Proof that the US is run by corporations, that democracy is an illusion, that the presidential elections were rigged. That would rock some worlds, wouldn’t it? Scary thought: If the neocons of 2001 were shown without a doubt to have done 9/11, what would happen? Collapse of our government? World War III? Revolution? Martial law and media black out? Nothing much, just years of hearings?
Are we living on borrowed time in a house of cards on the edge of a global super storm?
The impulse is strong to put a nice big flat slab of metal over that possible rabbit hole, you know, the one that might not exist, to ridicule it and forget about it. Perhaps it will go away. Enjoy every day. These may be the best of times.
The idea that there are big nuke missile launch tubes created by tunnel making machines under homes and businesses, ready to open and eject the teeth of Armageddon, is absurd. This is not the reason for mechanical sounds and strange booms people hear underground. Just a water leak. Or a Big rabbit. Really. Big. Rabbit.