The explosion of the Pemex pipeline is being described as a ‘river of fire’. The Mexican town of San Martin Texmelucan, some 50 miles east of Mexico City, has been devastated. The pipeline blast early Sunday morning has killed at least 28 people so far and over 50 injured. Streams of flaming petroleum flooded nearby streets, consuming dozens of homes. While no suspects have yet been arrested, some believe that the explosion is the result of either oil thieves or drug gangs. The narco-terror which has engulfed Mexico the past few years has nearly turned into outright civil war as drug gangs battle the government. Thousands have died as a result.

JUAREZ, MEXICO - MARCH 26: Police gather at an early morning murder, one of numerous murders over a 24 hour period, on March 26, 2010 in Juarez, Mexico. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano all visited Mexico on March 23 for discussions centered on Mexico's endemic drug-related violence. The border city of Juarez, Mexico has been racked by violent drug related crime recently and has quickly become one of the most dangerous cities in the world to live. As drug cartels have been fighting over ever lucrative drug corridors along the United States border, the murder rate in Juarez has risen to 173 slayings for every 100,000 residents. President Felipe Calderon's strategy of sending 7000 troops to Juarez has not mitigated the situation. With a population of 1.3 million, 2,600 people died in drug-related violence last year and 500 so far this year, including two Americans recently who worked for the U.S. Consulate and were killed as they returned from a children's party. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has vowed to launch an investigation into the explosion. The blast at the Pemex pipeline transport occurred Sunday morning about 5:30am, local time. Initial reports are that thieves broke into the pipeline to steal oil. Pemex reports that such acts happen often, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of stolen oil annually. However, these usually do not tend to end in such cataclysms. One has to wonder what thieves would do with unrefined crude oil?

This is where we get back into speculation of involvement by Mexican drug gangs. Oil is a major industry in Mexico, which supports the government. In the past three years, Mexican drug gangs have been waging an ever escalating battle with the government. Over 30,000 people have been killed, nearly 13,000 just this year. President Calderon ordered a crack down on the drug cartels in 2006 while the drug gangs were in an intense battle among themselves for controlling the drug market. With the weight of the Mexican police and military coming down on them, the drug gangs shifted the target of violence against the government.

Perhaps worst hit is the city of Cuidad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. Just this year, over 3,000 have been killed in that community alone, including some 140 policemen. Beheadings and kidnappings are almost a daily activity in Cuidad Juarez. More and more of the violence is bleeding over the border. Some areas in Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico are becoming increasingly dangerous.

The Mexican pipeline blast on Sunday morning which killed 28 people, 13 of whom were children, could be the latest form of escalation in the ongoing war between the government of President Felipe Calderon and the drug gangs. While Pemex reports that there have been many incidents of thieves stealing oil from their pipeline transport, one has to wonder what organized crime is doing stealing unrefined crude oil? The pipeline explosion on Sunday has devastated the town of San Martin Texmelucan in the state of Puebla, some 50 miles east from Mexico City.

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