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Of Ants and Terrorists After several hours and extensive questioning of family and friends, I decided to write this analogy assignment on the vast similarities of ants and terrorists. I had several topics to choose from; however, I wanted to write about something that relates to our present times. There are dozens if not hundreds of similarities between these two. For example they both live in organized societies, they range in sizes from a very few to several thousands. You could also find both of these groups all over the world. These two "species" are well organized, very meticulous and determined. For these and other reasons, I decided to write this paper on this subject.

Lets start with the organization of these two. Ants operate in highly organized colonies. There's a queen and every ant has a specific function within the colony. There's the worker ant, responsible for the construction of the complex anthill; also, the farmer ant duty is to gather food and ensure of a vast supply of foodstuff for the queen.

Now lets look at a terrorist group, for example "al Qaeda", as we have found out from the last several weeks of media coverage, this group is also extremely highly organized. They have their "queen", Usama bin Laden, which runs a pretty darn good structured outfit. This terrorist group is based on a chain command, with its captains, lieutenants and foot soldiers. The al Qaeda group has many branches like, finance, operations, infiltration and suicide hijackers.

Another close similarity is where these two groups live and operate. Lets take a close look at ants; those anthills destroying my backyard are everywhere. Just below the surface of these insect-made structures is a series of very sophisticated tunnels and caves.

They live, operate and plan their...