Will the discovery of more than $1 trillion in mineral resources in its soil improve Afghanistan’s efforts to achieve democracy?
Yes. A new economic opportunity of this magnitude will turn militants and poppy farmers into prosperous industrialists.
6% (16 votes)
Yes. Foreign investors will pour enough capital into Afghanistan that the Taliban and al-Qaida won’t stand a chance.
10% (25 votes)
Perhaps, but it could be an environmental and worker-safety disaster.
8% (19 votes)
No. Afghanistan is so infected by terrorism, a mining industry can never take hold.
17% (42 votes)
No. All this will do is trigger more tension and violence as unstable Middle Eastern neighbors covet their newfound riches.
59% (145 votes)
Total votes: 247
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