UFO Conjectures

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The UFO Quagmire


UFOs are queer, certainly. But the fixation on some UFO stories are even queerer.

For instance, Roswell, and the minutiae of that episode, continue to provide grist for reams of blog detritus (ours included), book deals, conferences, and ongoing back-and-forths, such as that at UFO UpDates currently where David Rudiak, a Roswell junkie, Kevin Randle, and a slew of UFO mavens are re-cogitating what the Ramey photos of the Roswell debris show.


Like the Iraq war, Roswell is an episode from which no one can or has emerged unscathed. Everyone connected to the incident has been vilified, by someone, at some time or other.

And those who keep digging into the muddled affair are sullied, by someone, sometime, or always.

Rudiak, the most imaginative and ingenious of UFO “researchers,” continues to beat the dead horse of Roswell, and is followed in that psychopathic obsession by Kevin Randle, Stanton Friedman, and a few other Roswell die-hards.


What ever happened at Roswell, a denouement of the complex circumstances is not in the offing, and even if it were, the UFO phenomenon will not be explained by a Roswell resolution.

It’s time to move away from Roswell, or else, like Vietnam and now Iraq, the whole UFO mystery will be totally done in, if it hasn’t been already; Roswell having made saps of ufologists and other UFO hobbyists from day one.

Yet, there are other UFO incidents that are equally dooming for bona fide UFO investigators.

UFOs are like quarks or strings; they are a palpable but not clearly defined phenomenon, but one that is muddled by corrupt evidence, hare-brained witnesses, and UFO investigators who seek fame and maybe fortune in an arena where education and expertise or scientific disciplines are sorely missing and not necessary, by a long shot.

Zeroing in on the forensics of Roswell, or Rendlesham, or Kenneth Arnold’s misinterpreted observation, plus a hundred or so other UFO sightings and/or landings has proven nothing, nothing except that ufologists are a resilient lot, one with little comprehension of what should be considered or not considered when UFO accounts are proffered.

UFOs may be likened to J. Allen Hynek’s swamp: a muck and mire from which even sure-footed travelers cannot escape by diligent and thoughtful inquiry. The phenomenon is held by and has been held by fringe-terrorists – persons so consumed by their own faith that they provide a daily jihad that has scared off science and reasonable seekers of an answer to the UFO enigma.

But that’s been the way of things, whether it was a Church condemning Giordano Bruno and others for forward thinking, or Muslim fanatics wishing to convert, by force and intimidation, those who would stray from the path they think is the right one.

The blithering obsession with Roswell, MJ-12, the Hill story, the Phoenix lights, or the O’Hare figment have all created a mental and sometimes physical quagmire from which some have not been able to extricate themselves.

And that is why UFOs have remained strangle-held for sixty years.

It’s time to move on.