Friday, September 2, 2011

The 95% Solution

Our Government does work in mysterious ways. Just coming to light is a little news report from CNN that a there is a company in Pakistan that manufactures Ammonium-Nitrate ( remember Oklahoma City). The company, Pakarab Fertilizers has an international sales and distribution company, International Petro-chemicals, selling its product. International Petro-chemicals is already a publicly traded stock in Asia. They have hired lobbyists here in the U.S. to have their stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

This might not normally get your attention, but three things jump off the page, with a very little research. First, their major supplier on raw material is Iran. Secondly, it is a known fact that this fertilizer is illegally being shipped to Afghanistan, where is has been a banned substance for more than six years. Thirdly, it is a know and documented fact that 95% of all I.E.D.’s in Afghanistan are concocted using Ammonium-Nitrate. The U.S. Dept. of Defense has been aware of this third fact for over ten years.

Shortly, I suppose, you will be able to buy stock in a foreign company whose primary customer is the Taliban, across the border, who use this substance to kill American Service Men and Women.

You have got to be kidding me!

NightWatch 20110831 - KGS - on Pakistan Ammonium Nitrate production:

Pakistan-Afghanistan: Update. US officials told the media today that the main ingredient in most of the homemade bombs that have killed hundreds of American troops in Afghanistan is fertilizer produced by a single company in Pakistan, where the US has been pushing unsuccessfully for greater regulation. Enough calcium ammonium nitrate fertilizer for at least 140,000 bombs was legally produced last year by Pakistan's Pakarab Fertilizers Ltd., and then smuggled by militants and their suppliers across the porous border into southern and eastern Afghanistan, according to US officials.

Comment: Today's official statement understates the problem. There are two large Pakistani fertilizer factories that produce ammonium nitrate fertilizer and multiple distributors. According to one US official assessment, 95% of all ammonium nitrate fertilizer imported into Afghanistan is used for bomb making.

Only drug farmers use ammonium nitrate as fertilizer because of its price. Other Afghan farmers generally favor urea-based fertilizers and natural fertilizers because they are much less expensive. Only the Taliban and drug syndicates can afford to pay to...Read More on Minstrel Boy... [control/click to follow link]

source credits:

3]  google search / ammonium-nitrate, Pakistan

4]  LA Times

5]  CNN, cable news