December 15, 2004 10:39 AM
Today Locusts... Tomorrow, Four Horsemen
Last night's Daily Show reported on swarms of locusts that have been terrorizing Africa, the Canary Islands, Australia and Mexico. Battling the infestation has cost Algeria alone $225 million. (That's almost enough to fight the war in Iraq for, what, a whole day and a half!)
Scientists have been puzzled about the sudden -- and global -- plague, which seems to have come out of nowhere. But is this really such a mystery? Not if you have the Book of Revelation handy, with its depiction of the Apocalypse:
When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.A swarm of locusts right after President Bush was re-elected? As one Wonkette operative put it, "Sounds like it's right on time." -- "Joe Klein"
Algeria Spent 170 Million Euros On Fighting Locust Swarms [AFP]
SAGARPA Believes Plague Of Locusts Will Be Controlled in Yucatan [Notimex]
Revelation 9:2-3 [BibleGateway.com]