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April 26, 2010

The Theoretical War Against Aliens

At the risk of embracing the mushy headed liberalism of Contact, Daniel Drezner offers five thought provoking questions from an interplanetary security perspective in response to Stephen Hawkings on the alien threat.

I am partial to number 4.

4) How do we know that some human aren't already trying to contact aliens? Stephen Walt and others assume that the presence of aliens would cause humans to form a natural balancing coalition. I'm not so sure. My research into other apocalyptic scenarios suggests that some humans -- that's right, I'm looking at you, Switzerland! -- would bandwagon with the aliens. Indeed, for all we know, some humans are already trying to welcome their future alien overlords. Which begs the question -- wouldn't Hawking's isolationist policy allow the quislings to monopolize the galactic message emanating from Earth?

It is all too easy to imagine the government of Canada (I mean you, Stephen Harper) stumbling over itself to offer landed immigrant status, English lessons (or French, certainement) and preferential hiring for Martians.

I mean, Martian-Canadians.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 26, 2010 09:17 AM