posted on Sep, 24 2005 @ 07:55 PM
The problem I always have with any alien invasion story is the simple fact that an invasion of the Earth, in the sense that we understand invasions
simply would not happen, in my opinion. Humans are familiar with invasions, so when we use the word there are a number of connotations that go along
with it. We think of a vast military force overrunning an area and great battles being fought between the invaders and the occupants of the area.
Even when we consider the notion of alien invasion, these aspects are present. One merely has to look at popular movies that deal with alien invasion
to see how such a thing is portrayed. For example, in Signs, Independence Day and War of the Worlds, the invasion is a typical military invasion - the
aliens simply have better toys. As a result, these films portray aspects of invasions with which we are familiar - large ground battles, furious
dogfights, displaced refugees. Simply put, I do no think that if aliens truly wished to invade or forcibly occupy the Earth that they would engage in
Why? Because they are inefficient. If you want to simply destroy the planet, there is no need to send a fleet of interstellar warships. Just erect a
giant screen and place it between the Earth and the Sun, blocking out any sunlight that reaches the Earth. Or take asteroids from the belt between
Mars and Jupiter and hurl them at the Earth by the dozen. If all you want to do is eradicate Humanity and leave the planet virtually unscathed, then
release a virus into Earth's atmosphere that is specifically keyed to human DNA. Surely a race that possesses the technology required to traverse the
stars would be capable of creating such a thing, especially if they are warlike and their technology is focused on such things?
Alien invasion stories like those of War of the Worlds are entertaining and, ultimately, reassuring. They suggest that, if aliens ever did come to
Earth looking for a fight, that there would be a chance, however small, that we could fight back and defeat them. It is less comforting to conceive of
aliens who may be millions of years more advanced then us and capable of reducing the planet to dust with a wave of their hand. The methods I have
suggested as ways that aliens might destroy either the planet or Humanity are just some that I thought of. Imagine what an alien race, infinitely more
advanced then we are and bent on our destruction or subjugation, might conceive of.
I do not know if anything will happen in 2012. I really doubt it, but I am confident that Earth will never see an alien invasion of the type
popularised through Hollywood. It simply does not make much sense when you sit and think about it, at least in my opinion. What do you guys think?