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Originally posted by EnhancedInterrogator
If we are on our own (no outside help from another ET group), I think the best we could hope to do would be to deny them whatever they are coming here to get.
If they are coming to feed on us (ala War of the Worlds), then we fight until we die - let them eat dead rotting flesh.
If they are coming for resources, we nuke wherever we can tolerate it - sort of a drastic "scorched-earth" approach.
On the other hand, if there is more than one ET society out there, and we have time, perhaps we can beg for assistance from one group to counter the other - either at war-time, or hopefully in some diplomatic/chess-type maneuver in advance to avoid armed conflict all-together.
If we can get access to advanced technology and the assistance to replicate it, I believe we have the potential to defend ourselves. Any technology has a military application. Almost anything can be used as a weapon in some form - either directly as a weapon itself, or as a means of delivering a weapon or making a weapon more effective.
Being a (presumably) younger race, we may have the advantage of being the most animal-like and most brutal. We are very, very good at killing each other - given the right technology, I'm sure we could be come very, very good at killing outside threats as well.
This is one case, where our "lesser-evolved" status might work to give us a survival edge. Just a thought - though admittedly, a pretty grim one.
[edit on 2009-12-21 by EnhancedInterrogator]