Not only are we not alone, but we are close to having intergalactic war with the aliens. (Gulp.) At least, that is what Paul Hellyer, Canada’s former defense minister and deputy prime minister under the late Pierre Trudeau would have us believe, according to a press release from the Exopolitics Institute:
Mr. Hellyer and three other non-government organizations are to ask the Canadian Parliament to hold public hearings on Exopolitics with relations to ETs.
By “ETs,” Mr. Hellyer and these organizations mean ethical, advanced extraterrestrial civilizations that may now be visiting Earth.
The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, “The Bush Administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide.”
Hellyer’s speech ended with a standing ovation. He said, “The time has come to lift the veil of secrecy, and let the truth emerge, so there can be a real and informed debate about one of the most important problems facing our planet today.”
The Exopolitics Institute has gone beyond asking if aliens are real to worrying about the political impact their shenanigans are causing.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are still struggling with the first question: Are aliens real?
There may be a dime-a-dozen sites, institutes and tricksters out to make a quick dime by duping the masses, but what happens when a prominent public figure announces his/her belief in extraterrestrials – or better still, talks about a close encounter as did former president Jimmy Carter?
It takes a lot of courage for a public figure to affirm belief in a concept some consider weirder – or worse than – believing in the paranormal.
In some instances, in an attempt to blunt criticism, these public figures present what they call proof: In 1995, some military men from the former Soviet Union told Diane Sawyer of ABC-TV’s Prime Time Live about seeing unidentified flying objects and provided recordings and photographs they say prove their claims.
Video footage from places like Mexico and China has appeared on international networks showing inexplicable flying objects. CNN reported strange lights over Phoenix, AZ, that were observed by many people.
In fact, more than 80 percent of people surveyed in a CNN/Time magazine poll said they believed alien evidence was real. Were they merely yearning to fill the well of human loneliness, or were they right?
And what do the rest of us do? Do we call these people crackpots? Or do we take a moment and wonder whether there is some truth behind their words?