About the only attack worth noting on this September 11th was a half-assed re-enactment of the Bamyan Buddha demolition in Pakistan. Much more serious was sabotage in Veracruz on the 10th: six Pemex natural gas pipelines blown up all at once, costing Mexico “hundreds of millions of dollars”. Doesn’t seem to be much question on the perpetrators: it’s the Ejército Popular Revolucionario, a bunch of has-been Shining Path wannabes who peaked in the nineties.

They did the same thing in July, but don’t call it a comeback yet:

The six explosions Monday did not cause any directly related injuries or affect major oil installations, but both industry and national-security experts say the small shadowy leftist group that claimed responsibility has proved it is a force to be reckoned with.

“The sophistication required to plan, coordinate and execute these explosions shows that the perpetrators have the technical capability of turning these episodes into either terrorist attacks or industrial sabotage,” George Baker, a Houston, Texas-based energy analyst who follows Pemex closely, wrote in a report sent to news media.

“But something has changed because now they have the capacity to attack pipelines,” said Mexican national-security analyst Jorge Chabat. “They’re acting outside their regular sphere of influence and that is a problem.”

Blogging for Patterico, DRJ thinks the coordinated serial blasts suggest Al-Qaeda training.

Not ruling that out, especially given the quote from the FBI he’s posted, and also since we’re finding more and more about the growing alliance between the international Hard Left and the Islamists. But in this case I think we’ll eventually find the training, funding, and incitement probably originated a little closer to home, with Larry, Moe, or Shemp.

Now I hate to agree too much with Colin Powell’s feel-goodiness the other day, and I don’t agree that we should open the border in order to cultivate Mexican goodwill.

But we do need to cultivate Mexican goodwill. The stooges above are competing for it. They’ll seek to topple the compromised but (nominally) allied government there now and replace it with something much more to their liking, something that will be much more permeable by them and their allies. Or failing that, reduce it to chaos, which serves their interests as well and does not serve ours.

We’re walking a diplomatic and policy tightrope here: it is very much in our interest to have Mexico become stable, prosperous, and orderly, like a southern Canada with better food. But how far are we willing to go to secure that situation? What are we willing to give up to establish goodwill there? It seems obvious (to me, anyway) that unrestricted immigration is counterproductive if we are looking to make our country more secure. But then what, if anything, (exit question alert) are we willing to put on the table? Is there anything we could offer that’s worth it?

UPDATE, 9/13: Shemp it is!