It is an unfortunate truth that the United States must deal with the long term reality of terrorism that breeds in Afghanistan. Dr. Thomas Goutierre is the director of the Center for Afghan Studies at the University of Nebraska – Omaha and says the safety of the world depends on the ability to get rid of these terrorist cells.
“We can not be a nation that has to constantly be fearful that its citizens may not be able to travel anywhere because of terrorism.”
Goutierre says Afghanistan could easily be a world player in the global economic market if these terrorism cells that currently flourish there are eliminated.
“If we don’t help the Afghans to emerge from this protracted period they’ve had it is going to go back to the way it was before 9-11.”
Goutierre says these terrorism cells have both Afghans and those around the world living in fear.
“We just can’t have places like that creating individuals, training individuals who might be coming at us either at home or abroad.”
Goutierre says Afghanistan could be a world player in mineral deposits. The Pentagon indicates that Afghanistan has over $900 billion dollars in mineral resources with perhaps the largest world supply of lithium.
Goutierre adds it is so unfortunate the war on terror takes so much time and so many lives but it is necessary for the stability of the world.