When 100 million-year-old army ants go on the march, are they Soldiers
of Vigilance or Soldiers of Terrorism? Find out how America and
Army Ants sweep the forest clean of Terrorism.
10, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 605
Army Ants--100 Million-Year- Old
Terrorists Haven't Evolved
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, NEW YORK, NY--They are as old as the
dinosaurs and far more vicious. They can eat through
anything and will, and have. Some call them the piranha of
land, marching through time like a giant mouth eating all and
everything in sight. They are the army ants, whose genetic
history reveals they have not evolved over the past 100 years.
They are indeed, living dinosaurs of the insect world.
burchelli - Soldier Ant
Some say, they are the insect world's Beast
Researchers call the army ants the
"ultimate coalition force" for they band together in the millions to
cut a swath through nature, driving their prey into a fearful race
with death. Stumbling and falling before their columns means
structuring bridges with their bodies make the trail smoother
for following ants
Sean Brady, a
postdoctoral candidate in entomology at Cornell University, recently
confirmed through DNA studies that army ants have not changed a bit
over the past 100 million years.
What makes them a "Beast of Insect Terror"
are three distinct characteristics that separate them from all other
ants. The first is that they forage for prey without advance
scouting. That is, they will eat anything in sight. They
are indiscriminate in their hunger, similar to a Terrorist who doesn't
care who he kills when pulls the trigger on his suicide bomb wrapped
around his chest.
The second factor is they are
nomadic. They have no "home." Similar to Terrorist
groups, they belong to no nation. They have no borders.
They can live anywhere and strike their targets without concern for
any homeland. You can't destroy their enclaves and expect
them to disappear, for they will pop up here and there. They are
The Fire Ant
Queen is a scientific enigma
queen is wingless. She doesn't fly and can produce up to
four million eggs per month. She produces an enigma for
scientists. Most scientists believed the army ant had to
evolve over time since its queen couldn't fly, limiting its ability to
migrate. Not true. The queen of ant Terrorism
today is just like her original mother 100 million years ago when the
dinosaurs ruled. The insects march to where ever they want
to go, and eat their way through all who get in the way.
Researchers explain the spread of the army
ants was caused by the breakup of a supercontinet, Gondwana, about a
tenth of a billion years ago.
Army ants can be found from South
America to Mexico. They can be found in abundance in humid
lowland forests of Peru and Brazil. Their prey includes
tarantulas, scorpions beetles, roaches, grasshoppers and other ants
and insects. When they eat their way out of one area, they
bivouac new sites and launch on an endless swarm to consume other
Diagram of Army
Ants on the move
As with the
war in Iraq, the army ants have an air force that is devastating.
However, the air power is aimed at the ants as well as their prey.
The South American army ant is followed during its swarming behavior
by what are called "antbirds." These flocks feed on the army
ants that move about 100 to 200 meters a day, eating the army ants as
well as what the army ants are eating. Between the two
forces, the birds and ants, jungles are decimated.
likens an attack by army ants similar to being preyed upon by a pack
of 50,000 hungry wolves. "That's how an insect that finds
itself in the path of a colony of army ant feels," the report says.
Coalitions are formed between the
driver ants of Africa and army ants from South America who cling
tightly to one another (in large groups of 10,000 to 500,000) as they
travel across the land looking for food. They will
attack any animal that gets in the way, and have been known to kill
lizards, birds, snakes, pigs and sometimes animals as large as horses
if caught off guard or sleeping.
Villages like the ants.
When they come, villagers
leave and let the ants swarm over their homes, returning afterwards to
a completely insect-free home. Some consider the army ants
nature's pest control monitors. Myths have it that if a human
being is old or passed out from alcohol when the ants come, and do not
move, they can be eaten.
Bottom line, one can view
army ants as Terrorists or as vacuum cleaners. To their
prey, they create Fear, Intimidation and Complacency--the Triads of
Terrorism. When army ants are on the move, the
jungle screams of creatures warning others of the impending dangers.
The sounds are similar to air raid sirens over Baghdad.
Metaphorically, the army
ants cleanse the forest for new growth. Part of what they
do is good and part bad. They offer the forest
regeneration, not unlike a brush fire that burns away the old
undergrowth to make room for the new. To residents in the
jungle, they free the environment of insects.
Ants were led to victory by General Tommy Franks
To some, they are
Terrorists, and to others, Soldiers of Vigilance, nature's
exterminators, her pest control allies.
The recent attack on Iraq by the U.S. may be seen by some as "American
Army Ants" swarming through the land, destroying the Insects of
Terrorism. Long columns of American, British and
Australian troops sweeping through the land is not different from the
army ants. Nor are the looters. Like the
"antbirds" that follow the swarms of army ants, the looters fell
behind the invading forces, picking cleans the bones of Iraq.
It is also
reasonable to say that America is Terrorism's Extermination Crew.
Not only has America shown the world the capacity of its primal forces
to swarm into a country and level it free of the Insects of Terrorism,
but also its willingness to do it again if necessary.
Fire Ants and
the American Army Ants eat the heart of Terrorism in the world's
world's jungle is screaming today. Nations, once feeling
safe because the United Nations did nothing but talk about retaliation
against uncivilized actions by leaders and despots, now shudder.
They know American Army Ants have a voracious appetite to consume the
Insects of Terrorism, and will, given the right situation, swarm into
their lands and eat out the heart of Terrorism.
The military's deck of 59
cards citing the top Iraq officials is a ironic signal to all leaders
and sub-leaders of totalitarian nations that their faces could appear
on a deck of cards, and they too could be hunted down one-by-one until
the Army Ants were sated.
I find the symbolism of
the Army Ants and America interesting. For millions of
years the Beast of Terror has marched through the world leaving a
trail of destruction. For the first time in history one
nation has assumed the duty and responsibility to halt that forward
on flushed out insects following the swarm raids of army ants
And like the Army Ants,
America is willing to forage anywhere in the world for Terrorism.
It can strike in the Middle East or Asia in a blink.
The swiftness of the action in Iraq was not different from the tactics
of the Army Ants--move forward, forward, forward.
and Germany want to eat the Iraqi War's leftovers like antbirds
who follow the Army Ants
And, one might call Russia,
France and Germany's attempts to stick their fingers into the Iraqi
war pie a parallel to the antbirds who follow the Army Ants, eating
what is left over. They might be called the Vultures of
Iraq, eager to feast on the carcass but not willing to join in on the
Then there are the villagers who are elated
that the Army Ants have rid Iraq of the Insects of Terrorism.
The jubilation in the streets of Baghdad over Saddam's fall from power
was similar to a village dancing in the wake of the army ants.
For a few chaotic days, in months they would be free of pesky insects
that Terrorize them day and night. They would be
free of swatting them, the sores they cause and the worry of the
diseases they inflict.
Army Ants have rid Iraq of the Insects of Terrorism
Long ago, army ants were created by some
great engineer of nature who chose not to alter their genes.
They are driven by the same forces that created them, unchanged DNA
that makes them clean things.
America has a legacy.
It has always made a choice to clean the world of Terrorism. In
World I, II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and now Iraq, despite all the
critics who want to propose America has other agendas, the big one has
been freedom: Cleanse the world of its insects.
Perhaps America is the
Army Ant of Vigilance.
the Army Ants are Soldiers of Vigilance
Perhaps we have a genetic
duty like the army ant to keep the forest of Terrorism cleansed.
Maybe all the army ants
are Soldiers of Vigilance rather than Terrorists.
Time will tell.
In the interim, the
people of Iraq are free from the insects of Saddam. New
ones might evolve, but for now, the exterminators of Terrorism have
done their job.
9--Teenage Prisoners Of The Beast Of Terror
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