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Entomological Warfare – More Than Just Bugs from the Neighbour’s Garden

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International
Entomological warfare - not many people would be surprised by this term as it comes across as a lesser used technical term. However, from the way the world is moving, with its political propaganda and heavyweight targets in sight, this term is very close to stirring the entire world very soon.
 
Entomological warfare, simply put, is chemical warfare. How the two are related is the quickest question that will pop up in the reader's mind. It is nothing but the use of insects to attack the enemy and kick start a war. Intriguing enough?

Now there are many ways by which chemical warfare can be inflicted. Earliest methods included releasing bees into the enemy area, next came insects infected with pathogen to cause epidemics like plague/cholera that would destroy population in days. There have been instances during World War II with Canada as forerunners in pioneering entomological warfare as a weapon. The Germans had plotted to use the Colorado potato beetle to destroy the English crops. But why would such a dangerous yet lesser cultivated idea be hovering in our minds at this very moment? Think of the superpowers in the world. Think of the fighting neighbours who cannot live without each other's borrowed essentials yet are at each other's throats to get the better out of the other one. Think of gains, greed, lust, and all the evils born out of a race for supremacy. Think of the subtle yet sudden attack from the neighbouring enemy one fine day and watch the enemy crumble and die a slow death, every soul perishing each minute in an overpopulated and blissfully unaware nation. All of this without a shed of blood. Entomological warfare makes much sense now.

For two nuclear power armed countries that have been at loggerheads for 30 years now, surrounding disputes over its 2200 km long border, it is high time that an enemy attack is imminent. Threats have already started pouring in to capture Himalayan portions, claimed to be Chinese territory. The Aksai Chin portion of Ladakh and part of the Pangong Tso, as well as Arunachal Pradesh being captured by the Chinese is proof enough that they will do what they want without causing a single drop of blood. 

It is unfortunate if neighbours start fueds and take extreme measures to finish first in the race of supremacy. But a tiny nagging suspicion of such an entomological warfare being implemented to take their due claims is much precedented from a country that believes in no bloodshed. One can only wait and find out which poor species of our six legged friends is next in line for obliteration.