Countless times on ATS, and elsewhere, people repeat the same tired argument that if aliens wanted to invade Earth, we wouldn't be able to defend
ourselves at all. I think this is silly statement, and I'll explain why.
Humans are capable of sending robots out of our solar system. We are capable of sending robots to mars, heck we actually do have the ability to send
people to Mars, we just don't have any good way of keeping them alive once they get there (or getting them back) We can do all that with our rather
limited technology. What we cannot do is project any power to any useful degree. We could travel to Mars, and if there were enough housecats living
they they could easily repel us. Wouldn't it be logical that the difference between being able to travel somewhere, and being able to project power
somewhere would also exist in an alien civilization?
We assume that space travel for the aliens is comparable to us jumping in a car and going to the store. Maybe it's not? Maybe they have FTL
capability, but it's incredibly expensive, time consuming, and overall just very difficult for them to do?
Meaning, they could reach earth, in the same way we can reach mars. Through a long, expensive, difficult process with many, many chances for things to
go horribly wrong.
We assume just because they can travel here, they will also be able to muster the full brunt of their military against us. There is no reason to
believe this is the case, it makes far more sense that projecting power would be far more difficult than simply traveling here.
Maybe with all of their might and will they can only manage to send a small craft with maybe a few thousand troops to attack Earth. That few thousand
is probably still a strong enemy considering their level of technology, but it seems they would eventually be overwhelmed, and without the ability for
back-up to arrive, they are screwed and stranded.
Maybe these aliens aren't actually incredibly knowledgeable, maybe they stole, inherited, or found technology from another race and used it for
themselves, without being able to replicate or repair such technology. A tribesman without contact with the modern world could probably figure out how
to drive a car after awhile, but he won't be able to reprogram the ECU, or repair broken or worn out parts. He wouldn't even understand it needs
regular oil changes, refueling, tire replacement, etc and his fancy new car would quickly break down.
Maybe they used to be knowledgeable, but for some reason have regressed and no longer have the ability to produce or make major repairs to their old
technology. They can still use it for attacking planets, but they aren't really any more advanced than those they are attacking, even though they are
capable of FTL travel.
Maybe an attack wouldn't be the work of an entire civilization, but maybe of a single alien individual or group. Maybe a small start-up company aliens
inc. is seeking to capture earth to use as it's home base, and thus they only have a tiny fraction of the resources and technology as their entire
Maybe an attack would happen because there is a generational ship in dire need of finding a homeworld, and after eons of wandering the galaxy they are
broken and beaten down, barely able to mount any sort of effective attack, but have a go at Earth because it's their last chance of saving their
Maybe they aren't trying to kill all humans or take over the planet, but are simply doing a quick smash and grab for something they want (who knows
what it could be) so they aren't prepared for any sort of massive scale resistance.
Maybe there is some galactic law and civilizations aren't allowed to attack such young races as humans, so any attack would be a small, secret attack
launched without the support they would normally have. Think of America secretly sending in special forces to other countries that we don't want
anyone to know we are actually attacking. They can do some damage, but a few SF guys aren't going to defeat a country's entire army alone.
Maybe an attack wouldn't be a full force attack, but a purposefully weak attack to test the defenses of Earth. To test us and see if we have any
technology they weren't aware of. To test and see if anyone else is watching that would stop them before they launch a full assault.
Is that a lot of "maybe" sure is. But that's the point. We don't know anything about aliens. We don't know their biology. We don't know their
technology. We don't know what focuses that technology has taken (maybe ALL their attack tech is bio based and doesn't work on humans?) we don't know
their forms of government or organization. We don't know their rules or laws. We don't know anything, so there are infinite reasons why an alien
assault COULD be defeated.
Human history is full of advanced cultures getting beaten by the barbarians. To think that EVERY alien attack would be a huge scale one launched by a
totally god-like alien species is without merit. Is it possible? Sure! But not anymore likely than any of the scenarios I've presented here.
edit on 22-8-2013 by James1982 because: (no reason given)