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Originally posted by robertfenix
Starlight Rebel its just human natures defense mechanizm that we consider anything that is unknown to be potentially hostile. At least the smart ones do. I can just see some dufus, happy go lucky alien loving person walking up to one and putting out his hand to shake and the alien whipping out some micro cosmic tail/whip like thing and slicing the persons head off and then sit there and stare at your seperated body in amusment. While an alien may not be openly aggressive we would have no way of knowing what it may take offense to, so caution would be the most prudent course of action. Similar to what someone said about jumping into the lions cage, if you do this what do you think your chances are to come out of the cage without at least being clawed or bit ??? Do you really think the lion is just going to come up to you and start purring ??? If you do then , well GOD speed.
Besides you would not send hundreds of ships down into the atmosphere of a world that YOU KNOW to be populated, WHO YOU KNOW posses weapons of mass destruction and just expect everything to be fine and dandy. You would only do this if you had the upper hand and could defeat their weapons with ease.
It would seem to me to be more plausable that one of our own space crafts returns to earth with some sort of carbon munching self replicated spore that ends up destroying all life as we know it on the planet. Then little green men in shiny ufos invading the skies over our cities.