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This myth is taken on by Guest Myth-Buster Melissa Roddy, and is the fourth in a series on popular myths about Afghanistan. For Myth #1, read Popular Myths About Afghan Women, Myth #2 is The Afghan Women's Movement on International Forces, for Myth #3, read The Myth That Afghans Don't Want Us There. Myth #5 is Afghanistan is Backwards and Irreparable, and Myth #6 is Afghanistan has never been conquered by outside forces.

Myth #4: Western military involvement in Afghanistan is all about American geopolitical interests there.

The Truth: Many people, especially folks who think they know a thing or zip about Afghanistan, believe that the International Coalition is only there to support pakistan afghanistan iran myths war politics women middle eastAmerican lust for cheap natural resources. This is wrong on sooo many levels. Let’s review a few.

If petroleum – the mineral most favored by the Bush Administration – were the primary motivation for stationing NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, then why would former President Shrub have diverted a majority of the resources necessary...More >>

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