The jewel wasp is a remarkable insect that knows precisely how to take over a cockroach. First it stings the insect to temporarily paralyse its front legs. Then it injects a precisely-measured amount of venom into exactly the right place in the cockroach’s brain to disable its escape instinct. Having achieved that, it leads the docile insect by the antenna, like a farmer leading a cow, to a tomb, where it lays an egg that will eventually become a larva. The larva burrows into the cockroach and eats it from the inside out, taking care not to kill it, and at the same time spreading an anti-microbial layer to ensure that it has no competition as it consumes its host, until it eventually bursts out of the used-up husk, a newly-pupated jewel wasp.
I can think of no better analogy for the sort of evil ideology that has consumed America, just as it consumed Germany eighty years ago.
The viciously anti-Semitic, racist, woman-hating former CEO of the Breitbart website, Steve Bannon, has now wormed his way into the very heart of the American power structure, by drugging the biggest cockroach of them all, Donald Trump. And just like a jewel wasp, he has led the incomprehending roach down a hole and into his lair while the host still believes that it has the best advisers.
Tremendous. Really great.
This is something that the hosts of parasites often do, continuing to behave as if they’re still alive long after the mutating larvae implanted in them have eaten their vital organs.
Long after hope has vanished.
A ladybird is a formidable adversary, even though it’s as pretty as an Enid Blyton story, but in the animal world, those black spots and that red carapace don’t say beautiful. They say don’t mess with me. When Dinocampus coccinellae lays its eggs in a ladybird, that host is doomed, and yet the drug injected into the insect’s brain ensures that the ladybird continues to protect the larvae even as they eat it from the inside out.
Today we learn that Bannon has appointed two more of his former Breitbart staffers to senior positions in the White House, thereby trebling the malevolence index at a stroke. Now we have three people from a racist, fact-mangling, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim propaganda mill at the very heart of American power.
Do you think I’d care if these people had influence in the Seychelles or the Solomon Islands?
I would not, for the plain and simple reason that the Seychelles have no ability to destroy our planet, unlike the United States.
And now the United States is being taken over by the Breitbart Jewel Wasp.
Why would I not be afraid?
Let us hope that the host realises what the parasite is up to before all cognitive ability is gone.