Yes, we have reached peak balloon, or UFO fears on this issue, folks. And it seems our own government, to some extent, is fueling it.
Well, OK, I am going to take the bait on this one and try to answer the question: so what if it is aliens from another world? What does that mean?
Yes, I should stick to my lane of national security and politics, I know. But stick with me on this for a minute, folks.
Aliens: What Do The Scientists Say?
Well, at least one of the world’s most renowned scientists of all time would have had an answer if he was still with us: humanity and our entire civilization might be in deep trouble.
His theory was such aliens could be like the European colonists centuries ago and seek to take whatever they wish and care less about the harm they cause.
Here is what Dr. Stephen Hawking said back in 2010:
“Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach,” Hawking said in 2010 as part of his popular TV show “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking,” which was shown on the Discovery Channel.
“If so, it makes sense for them to exploit each new planet for material to build more spaceships so they could move on. Who knows what the limits would be?”
He also noted back in 2015 that”[W]e don’t know much about aliens, but we know about humans. If you look at history, contact between humans and less intelligent organisms have often been disastrous from their point of view, and encounters between civilizations with advanced versus primitive technologies have gone badly for the less advanced. A civilization reading one of our messages could be billions of years ahead of us. If so, they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria.”
Think of it this way: If an Alien species had the capability to send probes across the galaxy, our own military, indeed, would have no way to defeat them in any sort of fight. As Hawkins said, they would see us as a sort of bacteria – and crush us easily.
They would not use probes like the ones we see over North America or China, or anywhere else. They would have far better technology than that. We would surely have no clue it was even happening.
So, hurray for humanity. I don’t think we have a case of aliens spying on us. However, if we did it, we most likely would have no clue it was happening and conquer us with ease.
Maybe we should hope China is spying on us after all?
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Harry J. Kazianis (@Grecianformula) is a Senior Editor for 19FortyFive and serves as President and CEO of Rogue States Project, a bipartisan national security think tank. He has held senior positions at the Center for the National Interest, the Heritage Foundation, the Potomac Foundation, and many other think tanks and academic institutions focused on defense issues. He served on the Russia task force for U.S. Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz, and in a similar role in the John Hay Initiative. His ideas have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CNN, CNBC, and many other outlets across the political spectrum. He holds a graduate degree in International Relations from Harvard University and is the author of the book The Tao of A2/AD, a study of Chinese military modernization. Kazianis also has a background in defense journalism, having served as Editor-In-Chief at The Diplomat and Executive Editor for the National Interest.