Justified & Ancient
- Dec 14, 2014
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- Bury St Edmunds
Can't disagree with that summary of the historical situation, but if that was the only causative factor it doesn't explain the many genuinely inexplicable UFO reports. If there was a direct relationship between international tension and UFO reports (as has often been claimed) it fails to explain why there were so few reports in the early 60s when East-West tension was at its height, Kennedy was assassinated, and the U2 missile crisis nearly caused nuclear war. UFOs are still a mystery, whichever way you look at it.There's no big mystery to it ... The previously dominant western European powers had effectively committed near-suicidal self-harm twice in the space of 30 years, crippling them on the world stage. In the wake of WW2 there were two new powers at the top of the heap - the USA and USSR.
The USA had an economy re-invigorated by the war, the largest array of production facilities left intact, an already leading position in the newly-crowned #1 war tech field of aviation, and exclusive possession of the new nuclear super-weapon. They also had a traumatic memory of Pearl Harbor, which engendered a considerable national paranoia about ever allowing anyone else to ambush us like that again.
Meanwhile, the USSR - who'd suffered the most casualties of anyone - had the largest pool of natural resources under one government's control, a governing structure which had tightened its totalitarian grip domestically, and self-anointed self-validation for pursuing a global communist crusade. They'd also acquired all of eastern Europe as de facto colonies to supplement / augment their war-damaged academic and industrial resources. More specifically, they'd ended up with as much of Germany's advanced rocketry R&D infrastructure and products as anyone.
Both these newly ascendant powers were deeply suspicious of the other. In the USA authorities were keenly apprehensive about two things:
- the prospects for anyone launching a surprise airborne attack against their home territory and
- who might next acquire an A-bomb capability
The former provided compelling motivation for the US government and USAAF / USAF to be keenly interested in aerospace tech and any clues that their airspace could be, or had been, breached. The latter provided the motivation for the top secret monitoring program (Project Mogul) that resulted in the mission failure whose debris Mac Brazel discovered.
In the mean time, Kenneth Arnold's interesting report of mystery objects flying over the Pacific Northwest (bolstered by what were either vapid copycat or valid additional sightings) provided the seed for a general-purpose popular interest in, and paranoia about, airborne 'others' overflying America.
The intersection and synergies among these things in the summer of 1947 engendered a whole new area of popular mysteries and memetic proliferation in the public's consciousness.