In any case, the newly discovered (or, at least, newly announced) deposits are not a guarantee of good news for the country, which just became the battleground for America's longest war. As Josh Marshall writes over on Talking Points Memo:
Indeed. Just look at Saudi Arabia.The unfortunate but very common pattern is that extractable natural resources produce autocratic, often kleptocratic, regimes, ruling by violence, which reliably get the stuff out of ground and into the hands of more developed and wealthier foreign countries. You can come up with morality tales about exploitative first world countries but a lot of it is structural -- tied to the scale of the wealth involved, the relatively limited involvement of the local population required to get the stuff out of the ground and transformative political effect of the wealth on offer.
*UPDATE: Not so fast.
[Source: New York Times, Talking Points Memo, | Image: The U.S. Army - C.C. License 2.0]