‘I am sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.” – Arthur C. Clarke

ROLLING FORK — I don’t know if he decided to do it as early Hanukkah excitement for folks or if it was the product of a fever dream or an attempt to bring the truth we have been told is out there down to Earth, but a former Israeli space security chief snared the attention of every conspiracy theorist on the planet and a few sane folks as well early last week when he stated quite matter of factly that for some time now we earthlings have been not only in contact but in cahoots with extraterrestrial members of a “galactic federation.”

Holy Star Wars, Batman …

Haim Eshed, who has always been considered a serious and no-nonsense kind of chap who used to hold a pretty important position of influence within a defense division for a country which takes defense matters so seriously as to approach paranoia, told an Israeli newspaper last week something that had it come from someone else could have earned himself a visit to a place where they write with crayons: “The Unidentified Flying Objects have asked not to publish that they are here, humanity is not ready.”

This, not from Bennie Hill nor a fellow sitting on a park bench wearing an aluminum foil hat, but from the former head of Israel’s Defense Ministry’s space directorate, thereby begging the question: Then why tell a newspaper, whose job it is to publish things?

And, he said a whole lot more, which despite sounding as if it came out of a real bad science fiction novel or an episode of “The Outer Limits,” still does not defy reality to the degree as does the lawsuit filed by the Texas attorney general seeking to overturn the presidential election and wreck 240 years of the American constitutional republic.

Now a professor and formerly a highly respected general who oversaw satellite launches, Eshed told the newspaper that the galactic federation aliens were dedicated to seeking understanding of “the fabric of the universe” and have been waiting for humanity to additionally develop to a stage where it might understand, at least in general terms, “what space and spaceships are.”

What? They don’t know that some of us grew up with “Star Trek?” The Enterprise, now there was a spaceship … and the Klingons had them, too, with cloaking devices, no less.

However, by far the most difficult to swallow thing that Eshed said was that President Donald Trump was aware of the existence of the extraterrestrials and had been “on the verge of revealing” that information, but was asked and convinced not to in order to avoid “mass hysteria.”

A federation of aliens I can believe, but Trump being talked out of doing something? By whom? Does Putin know, too?

In what I do find a mite interesting, however, not only the White House, but the Israeli government and the Pentagon, all declined to comment on the Israeli newspaper’s story. They didn’t say Eshed was crazy; they didn’t issue press releases talking about marsh gas or weather balloons or dummies with parachutes at Roswell. Reckon that choir might need to practice so all of them can sing off the same hymnal?

As for Eshed himself, he said, “If I had come up with what I’m saying today five years ago, I would have been hospitalized. Today, they’re already talking differently. I have nothing to lose (well, I’m not so sure about that). I’ve received my degrees and awards and I am respected in universities abroad.”

NBC News quoted Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator for the British Ministry of Defense, as saying Eshed’s account is “extraordinary. Either this is some sort of practical joke or publicity stunt, perhaps with something being lost in translation, or someone in the know is breaking ranks.”

One would be but the latest in a string of crackpot “revelations” while the other would be extraordinary, indeed.

Besides, the last four or five years in this country have often seemed like one big ever expanding conspiracy theory, so one more oldie but goodie alien one would fit right in.

Perhaps the late, great Carl Sagan said it best: “Or perhaps they are here, but in hiding because of some Lex Galactica, some ethic of noninterference with emerging civilizations (the “prime directive” for Trekkies). We can imagine them, curious and dispassionate, observing us, as we would with a bacterial culture in a dish of agar, to determine where this year again, we manage to avoid self-destruction.”

Where are Scully and Mulder when we need them?

Ray Mosby is editor and publisher of the Deer Creek Pilot in Rolling Fork.

Ray Mosby is editor and publisher of the Deer Creek Pilot in Rolling Fork.

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