As the crisis in Syria continues to be the focal point of most discussions on mainstream talk radio, I know that a subject like this can be talked to death and the question of when we will strike and what will happen in the aftermath gets bogged down by political divisiveness and lack of response with regard to the will of the people.
Literally we can look back in history and remember that there was an incident that wasn’t necessarily an act of war, but a limited airstrike with no boots on the ground. That incident of course was Pearl Harbor. This is the act that threw us into World War II at a time where no one wanted war. Eventually the attitude changed and soon we started seeing the rounding up of Japanese citizens. They were separated and placed in internment camps.
History’s bells should be ringing a familiar tone. This time however we are seeing everything go out of control and we are hoping that something could turn the tide.
While the Syria issue is a serious one at this time and as nuclear war has been issued as a response from Russia if we strike Syria, there are a few individuals that are praying and hoping that if the missiles are launched some divine intervention would occur.
Divine intervention for the majority means that God would see to it that none of the nations move forward with their plan to exacerbate the situation. However, we have also been wondering if maybe what Ronald Reagan said would come true and that is how differences worldwide would vanish if we realized that without a doubt we are not alone.
After his famous alien speech at the United Nations there have been many speculative theories about why he said what he said and even a well-known story of how, after a private screening of 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' at the White House, he told Steven Spielberg that the film impressed him and Nancy and that everyone in the room should know how close to the truth it is.
The truth is elusive and memories seem to dissolve over time.
We have always referred to Reagan’s speeches because they were so blatant. They have been always dismissed as ramblings from an old man, however at the time they were made there were many people who took them seriously enough to comment.
One of those important people who commented was Mikhail Gorbachev.
"Gorbachev himself confirmed the alien conversation in Geneva during an important speech on February 17, 1987, in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, to the Central Committee of the USSR’s Communist Party."
Gorbachev stated "At our meeting in Geneva, the U.S. President said that if the earth faced an invasion by extra terrestrials, the United States and the Soviet Union would join forces to repel such an invasion. I shall not dispute the hypothesis, though I think it’s early yet to worry about such an intrusion."
It is interesting to point out that Gorbachev never spoke of how weird the conversation was, he only commented that it may be too early to talk about such an event as an alien invasion. Did this indicate that perhaps there is a date when it would be more appropriate to discuss these things?
Numerous “conspiracy theorists” - most notably former Naval Officer named William Cooper, who wrote the famed underground book called “Behold a Pale Horse” - speculated that Reagan’s speech was an expositional public “debriefing” to nudge the public towards wrapping their minds around the idea that a world government is a necessary response to an alien invasion scenario.
However, it has always been the norm to suggest that aliens would invade much like what was spoken of in H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. However, we have not really explored the possibility that if the aliens ever arrived here, they could very well wind up here as refugees rather than saviors or even hostile controllers.
If this is the case, how would the world react to them? How long would it take for alien refuges to integrate into our society if there was no way for them to return to their planet?
Time would still stop and perhaps "our differences worldwide would vanish" as Reagan stated, but we would not have to organize a world government to confront them. We would have to organize a team of experts to convene and decide what should be done with them.
Race and immigration issues are a hot button in our contemporary times of uncertainty and the leaders of the world are already warning us of depleted resources. If the so-called aliens did land - and did so without fanfare, crippled and seeking refuge - has anyone ever contemplated the world reaction?
These ideas were sparked during a discussion I had with a friend that was thinking of introducing aliens to a 'Sims' game. The hypothetical question of how long it would take for aliens to integrate into our world got me to thinking about a number of practical issues we are dealing with now in our reality.
Xenophobia, anxieties about assimilation, and looking upon a group of real extra-terrestrial “aliens” as being hopelessly unlike us, would force us into a paradigm that we probably would not handle very well.
I know that we have been told by New Age gurus and even fear mongering authors that extra terrestrials are either saviors or invaders, there is the other scenario that would be even more threatening and that is a forced integration of aliens if they are stranded here and are unable to return to where they came from.
The integration process would take several generations to get used to and it would be a lot longer if these extra-terrestrials are not anthropomorphic or human like - meaning upright, two-eyed, four-limbed, sentient beings.
Imagine the scenario of an alien space craft carrying 500,000 sick and weak occupants landing in a remote area of Australia or perhaps the Mohave Desert in the United States.
The protocols of immigration would be completely thrown out and the military would have to be called in to determine whether or not the arrival of the beings can be considered beneficial, neutral or harmful. We cannot determine how long this process would take.
Beneficial criteria ranges from the mere detection of extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), for example through the interception of alien broadcasts, to contact with cooperative organisms that help us advance our knowledge and solve global problems such as hunger, poverty and disease.
This is what most people hope for from the aliens; however reality may prove differently, if the aliens arrived by accident or because of crippled technology or perhaps because of illness.
It is also important to realize that an alien landing could be less rewarding and leave much of human society feeling indifferent towards alien life. The extraterrestrials may be too different from us to communicate with usefully. This would mean that there would have to be linguists hired to hear patterns in their speech. That is if their speech has recognizable meter and annunciation. We may find ourselves in a place where we are unable to find a pattern to squawks, grunts and groans.
However, with time we would have specialists that could communicate using computers that analyze these patterns, something that could take years.
Science would have to cease their regular experiments and focus their attention on these beings to determine basic anatomy, how to treat their illnesses and whether or not the beings have an extra-terrestrial virus that could kill humans.
Imagine wanting to help the aliens only to find out that their very existence here caused harm to humanity, even if by accident. In especially unfortunate incidents, humanity could be wiped out. This would mean that science would have to act fast in trying to determine if their presence is a threat to mankind’s health and well-being.
There is also the distinct possibility that extra-terrestrials may be prone to destroy other life as they multiply on the planet, just as humans have pushed species to extinction on Earth. In the most extreme scenario, aliens might choose to destroy humanity to protect their own way of life.
After all the idea of survival of the fittest comes into play and civilizations have been known throughout history to attempt genocide or face devastating wars to protect their culture and way of life.
It is also a grim reality that the resources of the planet cannot support the rapid growth of the population, and an alien civilization and even human civilizations can and will be cast off from the world due to overcrowding, pollution, and nuclear conflict.
It goes without saying that as we see Obama’s foreign policy towards the Middle East become a threatening reminder of how with one vote and one decision we can damage our relationship with the world.
Imagine the same scenario with aliens in the way.
It would not be as easy to integrate and accept aliens in the world with leadership that worries that leaving squabbles in foreign countries to their own ends is a sign of weakness. The same leadership would not take the time to learn about the culture of those who live on this planet let alone care about off planet beings.
The reason is simple: Humans operate by means of uninformed emotion. Actions of mankind can always demonstrate irrational behaviors when confronted with their mortality and their place in the universe.
We are told that the aliens are coming, that they are here to save us or eat us and that we should raise our consciousness to meet them.
Stop and really contemplate the arrival of aliens, seriously think about what that means to mankind. Now put all of the anthropomorphic ideas of aliens out of your head and try to picture them as you would most of the prominent species of this planet. Picture them as mollusks or cephalopods. Picture them with exoskeletons. You would react the same way you do if you see a spider or for some a snake.
There would be no spiritual enlightenment to be had when the extra-terrestrial guest of honor looks like something that could be served with a wine and butter sauce or fried with a very large and effective bug zapper.
How would this reflect on them and what would they do if they were aware of how we see them as advanced beings in the universe when in reality they merely were passing through and somehow crashed?
Aliens can assume for whatever purpose a place of trust or even a place of hostility. Mankind, however, has shown that it is incapable of being peaceful with its own kind. Given the overall penchant for genocide and war for over 4,000 years, I would not hesitate to assume that any alien with advanced knowledge of our behavior would not come to this planet ready for war and eventual containment of human kind.
I guess I have always looked at aliens the same way Shakespeare spoke of the gods. He compared them to immature, uncaring, incorrigible children. He also stated that to the gods man is as insignificant as flies. We are merely creatures that are here for their cruel ends.
There is also the inevitable truth that we are a product of them. With all of the same hostilities and animal instincts that pushes us towards the precipice of World War and our mutually assured destruction.
This is where we become a statistic of Fermi’s paradox and how Enrico Fermi explained why with the high probability that aliens exist we haven’t seen them yet. Fermi speculated that perhaps civilizations destroy themselves when they reach a certain point. Nuclear weapons, bio weapons, killer epidemics, and overpopulation could all end humanity. Asteroids could strike the planet and wipe us out.
The question is: what kind of world is our fearless leader planning for us? The parameters have always been ripe for the evolution of our civilization; however, if an alien civilization just showed up one day as helpless refuges, would we be the aggressors wiping them out and leaving us condemned to be forever alone?
I know that this type of speculation is strange and unsettling and, for most, improbable. I was merely thinking that an entirely new scenario about the alien arrival should at least be afforded some serious thought only because the “what if “ aliens arrived as refugees is a third scenario never spoken of and may take a hundred years or more to integrate such beings.
It is simply one of those apocalyptic speculations that if it were ever to actually transpire would find us once again loading the rockets and firing on the helpless.