Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death, the mythological Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Mexico’s de facto president, Felipe Calderón, once again showed his involuntary aptitude for deep political analysis: On Monday, on a State visit to Germany, he declared Mexico has faced the Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse (second source, in English). I agree: One year ago, we were facing a health emergency, the AH1N1 epidemic, hence pestilence. Since he took power in December 2006, the president’s main action has been the war on drugs, hence war. The country was the worst performing Latin American country in 2009, with our economy falling 6.5%, more than any other country, and prices have been really on the rise, hence famine. Finally, death… official numbers state that there have been over 22000 deaths in the “war on drugs” — And merrily he stated that only 10% of that were civilians. Whatever that meant… But… What about the fifth? Who is he?
A plausible hypothesis is offered by cartoonist El Fisgón in today’s cartoon in La Jornada:
«We don’t know how he got here, but he is the most effective one»
Now… However good El Fisgón’s analysis might be… Lets not get distracted with silly details. Hernández, another of La Jornada’s great cartoonists, shows the hidden meaning:
— We are over the apocalypse! — Does that mean we are facing the Final Judgement?
The coming of the five horsemen of apocalypse can only mean… It is time for the Final Judgement and the end of time!
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Anonymous 2010-05-05 08:46:00
Except in GOOD OMENS, whose
Except in GOOD OMENS, whose fifth, replacement horseman was Pollution. Which currently fits very nicely.
gwolf 2010-05-05 08:53:15
But of course!
That neatly explains the situation of this whole mess…
gwolf 2010-05-05 08:54:40
Oh, good ol’ Pollution
He is a usual visitor here. I understand he spends some time in Mexico City between visits to Ankh Morpork.
Tuttle 2010-05-05 08:11:00
The fifth horseman is Kaos:
The fifth horseman is Kaos: “There was once a fifth horseman, Kaos, but he left them before they were famous because of artistic disagreements.”