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November 19, 2015: Ecoterrorist letter bombs in Mexico

On November 19, 2015 two people were injured by a letter bomb sent by ecoterrorists to a Mexican agricultural council in the capital city.

MEXICO CITY – Why is it that some who claim to want to protect lives are so quick to take them?

As we emerge from the latest round of international negotiations on the climate – the so-called COP-26 in Glasgow, Scotland – it is clear to anyone with half a brain that the planet is in trouble and we need to perform herculean deeds to save it before it is too late. Rising ocean levels, melting icecaps, plastic waste, you name it, it ain’t good.

Environmental damage has long spawned movements of individuals seeking to stop whatever it is we are doing wrong. Some of these made sense – the aforementioned challenges are good examples – while others did not. Take genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Or ‘Frankenfoods’ as they are sometimes referred to.

There are those who see ANY alteration with what Mother Nature – wait! Isn’t that a sexist term? – has given us as evil and must be prevented at all costs. This of course flies in the face that genetic modification has been going on for at least 4 billion years: it is called ‘evolution’.

What every discerning GMO is eating these days (Photo: QuesterMark on flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

On occasion, this opposition turns to violence.

On this day in 2015

Two people were injured by a letter bomb sent to the Mexican National Agriculture Council in the capital city. The explosive devices were sent by the Círculo Eco-extremista de Terrorismo y Sabotaje (Ecoextremist Terrorism and Sabotage Circle): other letter bombs failed to explode thankfully.

Por nuestra parte, solo (sic) queda decir que no solo la naturaleza padecerá los atentados en su contra, sino que, ese daño se extenderá a los responsables directos, llámense organizaciones, empresas, institutos e individuos en concreto. (translation: we assert that not only will nature suffer from these attempts against it but also those directly responsible for them, namely organisations, firms, institutes and even individuals).

Message from ecoterrorists

It is one thing to be passionate about the planet and engaging in civil disobedience to protect it. It is quite another to kill for it.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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