posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 12:00 PM
I haven't been able to see the movie yet because the computer I'm using is an ancient piece of petrified crap, but the idea is very interesting to
Actually, when considering the phrase "rumors of war" in the context of the information age I realized something crazy. The government really could
produce WWIII for our benefit if they had any reason.
As a matter of fact, if you controlled enough of the media, you could -fake- a nuclear war.
An alien invasion would be even easier to produce (if you don't mind painstaking attention to detail.) because
1. Nobody knows the technical abilities of the aliens, so you are less likely to get caught in a lie about enemy actions/abilities.
2. The "enemy" citizens aren't online or on the radio spilling the beans that there is no war.
3. The world can't independently verify many things in space. For example, the supposed main invasion force that NASA sees hiding behind the moon
can't be disproven by some adventurous reporter.
If there were a real invasion- I don't know if there is any real grounds to base assumptions on. We simply don't know what we'd be up against
technically or tactically, nor what the enemy objective would be. We often assume that this will follow the model of the Europeans entering the
Americas. This is only one of many scenarios though, and it comes from a very particular situation- one in which the worlds resources were not
sufficient to support all nations.
What if the alien visitors dont want our land and resources? What if they want to build a communications relay station to link a pair of distant
settlements? What are we gonna say? "no, you can't bring faster-than-light communication here"?
What if they just want to cut a few of us open and see how we work because they haven't run into a primate intelligence before? Why fight a war? Just
tell them to target drunken farmers so nobody will notice.
Of course, peace isn't assured, but perhaps we will not be hopelessly outgunned. What if they are different, but not vastly superior, or if their
technology just happens to be assymetrically matched against ours?
If they are from a planet with a very dense atmosphere they may not be able to operate in the air on Earth. If they have a "mothership" which is
only intended for transport, or for slugging it out with ships of its kind, and it couldn't be defended by atmospheric fighters, we could pummel it
with ASAT missiles and ICBMs without them fighting back very well.
The other point is that if they are from this solar system, they might have reached us without being more advanced. If their planet did not have the
same abundance of metals ours does their armored forces may be based on ceramics, reactive armor, magnetically repelling projectiles, etc. Maybe they
simply didn't have the Uranium so they only use RHA.
If for some reason they were our equals or inferiors in the military sense, the tactics they developed for fighting against enemies on their planet
might prove to be disasterous failures if used against us.
Last but not least, they could come in and start destroying our cities with single blasts from a super-weapon. Unless they use Microsoft products and
can be infected with a computer virus written on our computers- we are doomed.