Afghanistan gas pipeline could impact Canada’s role in Afghanistan: report

This is the real reason why the US-led NATO coalition — including Canadian troops and personnel — are in Afghanistan. It has nothing to do with ‘bringing democracy to the Afghan people’ and ‘liberating them from the Taliban’. Anyone who still believes that we are indeed there for altruistic reasons should come and see me. I’m sure I can find a bridge for sale.

June 19, 2008

Afghanistan gas pipeline could impact Canada’s role in Afghanistan: report

(OTTAWA) – A new report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) raises serious questions about the impact of a proposed trans-Afghanistan natural gas pipeline on the role of Canadian Forces in that war-torn country.

A Pipeline Through a Troubled Land: Afghanistan, Canada and the New Great Energy Game documents the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, which will transport natural gas 1,680 kilometres from southeast Turkmenistan through southern Afghanistan, to Pakistan and India.

The report, written by international energy economist and former lead economist of PetroCanada John Foster, describes the U.S.-backed pipeline as turning Afghanistan into “an energy bridge” between Central and South Asia.

“The U.S. is our ally and it clearly asserts the geopolitical importance of the region. But the quest for ‘energy security’ risks drawing Canada unwittingly into a new Great Energy Game,” said Foster.

A Gas Pipeline Framework Agreement, signed by representatives of the four nations on April 25, 2008, commits the four nations to initiating construction of the $7.6 billion gas pipeline in 2010, supplying gas by 2015.

“Canada’s debate has been devoid of any discussion about how building a U.S.-backed pipeline through Kandahar would affect Canadian Forces’ efforts to build peace and stability in Afghanistan’s most troubled province,” said Bruce Campbell, CCPA Executive Director. “Will Canadian Forces become guardians of this pipeline?”

The report notes that Canadian Members of Parliament and officials have participated in regional energy meetings; but in government speeches and media reports, it’s as if no meetings have ever taken place.

The report is available online at

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For further information contact Kerri-Anne Finn, CCPA Communications Officer, 613-563-1341 (ext. 306).

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· A Pipeline Through A Troubled Land: Afghanistan, Canada, and the New Great Energy Game – PDF File, 4008 Kb

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3 Responses to Afghanistan gas pipeline could impact Canada’s role in Afghanistan: report

  1. atomcat says:

    Although this has been well known for a long time, thanks for bringing it to the attention of those who may not have understood the reason we are in Afghanistan.

    The media is guilty of continually ignoring the journalist oath.

    Seek and print the truth.

    Canadians need to wake up. The left is determined to give the country the UN and the right is determined to give the country to the SPP.

    Where’s the media?
    Asleep or bought off?


  2. harpervalley says:

    harper has a pipeline up his butt…’s so big it goes beyond ‘gerbilling’…i think the pm is ‘tasmanian devilling’ ….no insult intended to the tasmanian devil, of course 😀


  3. verbena19 says:

    atomcat, I know this has been around for quite some time, but people forget or have never understood. btw, i just checked out your website. very interesting. will be reading more as time permits.

    scout, you are hilarious, as always! 🙂


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