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Cockroaches in service in the quest for worldwide peace.

The cockroach with an electronic contraption on his back, a cockroach - robot, is indeed an odd looking animal. They look quite ungainly, like a foot soldier with all of his attack and defense weapons on his back, but this now belongs to the past. Modern, military cockroaches, as this is the topic at hand, barely differ from their non-military friends. The electronics which are placed on their backs, are so miniaturized that they are barely visible, and the cockroach is entirely ignorant to their existence, even though the poor creature is a total slave to the technology. With the newest technology one can install a miniature sensor that transmits a constant image of the immediate surroundings of the cockroach. Even more importantly, the knowledge of the relatively simple central nervous system of the animal enables that the animal can be sent messages such as - now go right, now left, now run straight.. etc. Cannons can not yet be mounted on its back, but it won't be long before it will be equipped with a small container of poisonous gas to be released at a command from the central office of the cockroach army.

Cockroaches are not all small creatures. Some species reach up to 10cm, and a couple of grams of 'sarin' on their backs is not likely to bother them. In essence the war with the help of cockroaches can be carried out through satellites and hence will minimize the losses caused by 'friendly fire'. It is well known that friendly fire is one of the the greatest cause of losses at modern war. Cockroaches will perish, but we can regard them as suicide - heroes, even though the suicidal act will not be at their own free will. The future of cockroach in war and in cold war technology is bright. Imagine an army of cockroaches dispersing clouds of laughing gas at a meeting of the Politburo or Chief of Staff briefing.. 



(C) (selected from publications of 
 R. Antoszewski

Titirangi, Auckland, 
New Zeland

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