posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 06:12 AM
While I tend to agree that a species of intelligent beings would have to over come fighting each other to advance enough for interstellar travel,
there are some things to consider:
What if they are Xenophobic?
What if they simply don't care about other species?
One of the things we are assuming here is that their thought process is the same as ours. Why would that have to be? Their intelligence, reasoning and
logic could be as alien to us as their biology.
Here is another idea: The species that contacts us didn't earn their way to interstellar travel, but instead had it handed to them.
Several science fiction writers (yes fiction, but the idea is still there) have written stores where an alien race is war like and aggressive, because
as a young race, they were contacted and used by a much more advanced race, that had interstellar travel.
The young, war like race was able to rebel and take over. They now have their hands on very advanced technology, but they have not had that time to
learn wisdom of using said technology.
All speculation of course, but just keep in mind that not only is the universe big enough to have everything we can imagine, it's big enough to have
things we have not imagined too.