The United Nations has appointed a Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth’s representative to any extraterrestrial visitors who may land on our planet in the future. Dr. Mazlan Othman is the head of the UN’s Office for Outer Space Affairs and will be responsible for coordinating humanity’s response to a close encounter of the third kind.
In the unlikely event that aliens should arrive on our planet, I ask you: Do we really want to be represented by the UN? After all, the UN is one of the most corrupt, ineffective, and inefficient organizations on the planet. If ET did come to visit Earth, would you trust the UN to negotiate with a civilization that would be technologically superior to our own? We have only to look at the history of man to discover how often contact with advanced technological civilizations has ended poorly for the less advanced culture. Would Dr. Othman be meeting with a peaceful, benevolent Vulcan or would she end up as a trophy on the Predator’s wall? Professor Stephen Hawking suggests that first contact with alien visitors would more likely resemble the script of the movie Independence Day.
In any case, this is simply the typical political bureaucracy of the UN supplying Dr. Othman with a title for which she will receive a very large salary (subsidized mostly by the US) to provide an occasional useless report on what an impotent UN should do if confronted with an invasion from Mars. I think this would be an excellent job for Nancy Pelosi who seems to be from another world most of the time anyway.
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