SETI and nukes
The spirit and desires behind the search for ET is admirable and beautiful. But statistics alone indicates success is highly unlikely. Let's consider the human analogy.. If you walk into a crowd of random ages, chances are, the first person you meet won't be your age. Chances are, they'll be some other age. If you're very old, chances are, they'll be younger than you.. If you're very young, chances are, they'll be older than you. This is the appropriate analogy for contact. Considering our propensity toward violence and self-destruction, our human age equivalent is young. If civilizations exist outside ours, chances are they're much older than ours.
As we know, communication technology improves by leaps and bounds: smoke signals, messenger pigeon, pony express, telegraph, telephone, airmail, and now email. Someday, we may use gravity waves to communicate .. Or possibly telepathy.. It most certainly won't be radio waves. So any civilization 'out there' is likely much more advanced than ours and aware of us. It's a matter of time and human maturity – when they will allow us to contact them. But rest assured, if they're out there, they're much more advanced technologically and spiritually .. and.. they're very aware of us.
I 'have a feeling' their method of travel and communication is something along these lines. They don't need spaceships. That's 'too primitive'. Same for radio waves. What fits this scenario is what we might call telepathy and spirit-flight. That makes sense when we consider how communication technology grows by leaps and bounds .. and.. the fact if they're really out there, they're much more advanced than we are .. ET's are waiting for us to mature.
The distribution of nukes and 'power play' associated with them is an indicator of our civilization's maturity. If we could simply wake up and stop playing power games about nukes.. Please consider an analogy. Suppose I have the only gun in my neighborhood. And a threatening neighbor starts working on making his own gun from spare parts. He says he'll 'take over the world' with his new gun.. But it sounds more like hot air to me.. Should I really be afraid if he makes his own gun? Should I attack his house when he's not there and destroy his ability to make the gun? That sounds pretty paranoid and insane.. This is the correct analogy for nukes and Iran / other country. Just because Iran verbally threatens Israel, does not mean they'd actually use nukes in combat. If they're that stupid, Israel would retaliate. Iran would cease to exist. No one would blame Israel.
Anyone stupid enough to use nukes in combat eliminates themselves with their own stupidity.
Anyone arrogant enough to attempt to dictate nuclear policy toward other nations is just as stupid.
Live by the sword, die by the sword. Violence only exacerbates problems; it never solves them.
ETs will allow us to contact them when we mature.. When we stop playing games with nukes.. Wake up world. Grow up. Stop playing games with nukes. Then, and only then, will ETs allow us to participate in our next grand adventure.. Galactic civilization.