Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Terrorists Stole My Dinner

Have to say, we didn't see this coming:

A Mexican guerrilla group claimed responsibility for two explosions this week on natural gas pipelines owned by Mexico's state oil monopoly.

The attack by the Popular Revolutionary Army is the most recent challenge to Calderon after winning the 2006 election by less than 0.6 percentage point. The group called Calderon's government "illegitimate" in its statement posted on a Web site that archives documents from revolutionary organizations.

"Even though this is a small group, the risk is the perception that Mexico is sliding into anarchy," said Chappell Lawson, a political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Calderon has "got to find these guys and get them before they start blowing up other stuff."

Today's blast in the central state of Queretaro took place at a Petroleos Mexicanos valve-control station in Corregidora at 1:10 a.m. local time, according to the state government. Pemex, as the company is known, said in a statement that it cut the flow of gas through pipelines and the fire was under control. There were no reported injuries.

Exports of natural gas weren't affected, said Marta Avelar, a Pemex spokeswoman. The other damaged pipelines supply domestic users, she said. "The problem is local," Avelar said.

Ah, well, as long as it's just local.

The thing that hadn't occurred to us about not having any gas, and thus not being able to cook, is that nobody else can cook either - including restaurants. This place should go totally Mad Max by Thursday.

And just who the hell are these pendejos who robbed us of our hot water?

The group, which is also know by its initials, EPR, first appeared in the southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero two years after the 1994 uprising of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation in the state of Chiapas.

The group attacked soldiers and set off bombs, distinguishing themselves as more violent than the Zapatistas which avoided conflict with Mexican authorities after their initial uprising in January 1994.

In 1996, as many as 80 members of a Marxist EPR attacked government offices in the Oaxaca beach resort of Huatulco, killing about 10 people. President Ernesto Zedillo increased military patrols and boosted anti-poverty

Hombre, please. As 16-year residents of New York, we'd be embarrassed to call ourselves terrorists having only killed 10 people in a decade and a half. Shit, two people got killed when our building went co-op. Pussies.


Stacey said...

So let me get this straight, this group of 80 guerrillas only killed 10 people in their attack on a government office....it's either a) a really small government office b) all of the government "workers" were at lunch when they attacked or c) these "guerrillas" need remedial lessons on mayhem and gun play...80 bad guys kill 10 people---not exactly the best way to be taken seriously as insurgents...

Burro Hall said...

Yeah, usually the shooter/shootee ratio is 10/80, not 80/10, but that's Mexicans for you - shiftless, lazy, unambitious...whatever else Lou Dobbs says.

Gimme two white American teenagers and a duffel bag full of ammo, and I'll give you a week of funerals on CNN.

USA #1.

Jorge Arturo said...

I'm happy they only kill 10, hoping none, at least the explosions took place in the middle of nowhere and not in the city.