posted on Sep, 11 2007 @ 07:22 AM
This is an interesting story, another example of the underbelly of political violence that is still prelevant in Mexico today. I imagine that this
attack was, as the report so put, carried out by a leftist gorilla group. The last 13 years has been one of political change in Mexico, after the
emergence of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) on the 1st of January 1994. Originally, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) were in
power from 1929, and it was their oppression of the indigenous Mexican people that soon brough bout the the EZLN and their a new type of geurilla
warfare to the jungles of Chiapas in Southern Mexico. After six years of hiding from the Mexican army, of unifying global support via the internet and
Subcomandante Marco's verse, and of rallying Mexico behind themselves, the PRI were ousted from power by the conservative PAN party in the July 2nd
However, to say that this is the end of turmoil in Mexico is evidently wrong. As good a cause as the Zapatistas are, and the strong moral standpoint,
and the ideals they have which sets them apart from every other freedom fighting guerilla army worldwide, they can't be without problems. Such is the
way of human kind. The paramilitary action we are seeing now could well be splintered groups from the EZLN. But why would a group fighting for the
rights of indigenous indians bomb pipelines? Well, the EZLN have always spoken out against the way in which Mexicos abundant resources have been sold
out to American firms by the Mexican government through NAFTA. No more is the prelevant than in Chiapas, where everything from timber to oil is stolen
from indian land and sold to America. Most of Southern Mexico is powered from that one state, and yet 80% of homes there have no electricity. This
strikes me as a reason for splintered paramilitary groups to bomb pipelines.
In the same vien, it could well be the PRI using their own paramilitary groups to cause internal controversy for the relatively new government. This
has been done before by the PRI, and it would not surprise me if it was being done again.
This bombing thereby has nothing to do with outside stressors of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, but instead is more likely the effect of 13 years of
social and political upheaval in the area. I would not blame the great work the EZLN has done, but its more likely to be replica paramilitary groups
working in the area, especially as it was a bombing in the North, not an area the EZLN are heavily situated.