High Strangeness: Alien Invasion! -- Part 3

Friday, September 14, 2012

Alien Invasion! -- Part 3

It's time to continue my series on the National Security Agency's supposed official 1968 survival plan in case the human race is ever subjugated by an invading alien species...Steps 1 and 2 were somewhat unhelpful, based as they were on what I consider to be questionable assumptions about how much of the human race would actually be left alive and what resources they might have. Step 1 amounted to: "Give Up." And Step 2 amounted to: "Try to maintain some order." And as I pointed out in my last post on the subject, there has so far been no mention at all of food, water or guns, which seems to me to be a pretty serious flaw in any survival plan.

Will Step #3 correct this flaw?

In a word: no. Read on...

Step #3: Highly controlled and limited intercourse with the other side -- doing only those actions advantageous to the foreigner which you are absolutely forced to do by circumstances.

Uh... I think they are making a case for resisting the enemy, but if this is resistance who needs surrender?  It seems to me that if the human survivors are having any "intercourse" at all with the "other side," the other siders are probably the ones who are highly controlling and limiting that intercourse. And, yes, the survivors may indeed be forced by circumstance to do some actions that are advantageous to "the foreigner," but does it need to be said that the surviving humans should never go over and above that?

Do the planners at NSA really think that the human survivors might be tempted to take actions that are advantageous to the invaders just to be nice? Because that seems to be what they're saying.

Do not be nice to these guys, no matter what the National Security Agency tells you! You will regret it.
Don't get me wrong. I am not at all anti-nice. Indeed, in a post invasion world it will become vital that we cling to the qualities that make us human, qualities such as our niceness. But only towards our fellow human survivors. We start being nice to the aliens, and they'll cut us to shreds. 

So I think we can translate Step #3 to mean: "Try not to be nice to the invaders, unless you really have to."