09 November, 2006

Hungary hungry for trade.

Hungary has some 200 troops in Afghanistan, stationed in the relatively safe north of the country. The Hungarian government has told Reuters that they are not able to supply any more.

Hungary does not seem to be contributing anything significant to the ISAF. Could it be that their token involvement is merely part of a strategy a la fran├žaise to establish a presence in that corner of Asia with a view to exploiting commercial opportunities in Pakistan, for example, in manufacturing or oil and gas or even nuclear energy. What is in it for Pakistan? As the Pakistan Times observes, access to European Union markets.

I see. British, Canadian and American troops do the fighting and the dying; others get the profit. Just another example of what is wrong with NATO.

Update: 10.11.06

Pestiside sprays the issue with cynicism.

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