Resource wars? In addition to being strategically located for a Unocal gas pipeline, Afghanistan is strategically located near the US's two biggest global competitors, China and Russia.
As an added bonus it appears Afghanistan is very rich in resources.
What happens if those resources lie in private lands?
No problem! As NPR reported today, there has been a practice of government land grabs going on in Afghanistan under the Karzai government. What happens is that stategically useful land is simply seized by the government. That makes exploiting the nation's resources even easier! How convenient...