In outer space, the small ship that had been invisible to our sensors floated serenely, as it had done for the last 40 years. Its captain and the invasion control officer stood before a view port observing what was going on. They watched with satisfaction the clouds of radioactive dust that was covering our planet.
“Well, it’s almost done” – said the ship captain.
“It was an easy job.”- answered the other officer. After a pause, he added, “All we had to do was to feed their greed, use their religious traditions and let them go at it.”
“It’s sad. I believed that they had potential” – answered the captain.
“Well, they did… but their violent traditions, their tendency to let things go, their lack of understanding and their violent need for vengeance overrode their potential. Look, all we did was to feed the greed of a few powerful men. Their desire for world dominance did the rest, and the rest of the population followed blindly. These people, with their tendencies, were too dangerous. Imagine if they had joined our galactic civilization… to allow them to bring their madness into our federation would have been folly.” – answered the other officer.
“Some of them seemed capable of learning; we could have changed their ways. It would have required a bigger effort but it could have been done” – said the captain.
“No, Captain, it could not. If you read their holy books you will see that these people have long memories and their feuds never end. If we had tried to educate them they would have used the knowledge gained to continue their senseless fighting. What’s more, their religious leaders would have added our civilizations to their godly inheritance. It would not have been long before they started spreading their beliefs to our people. We could not take that chance.”
“Yet… wiping out an entire race of intelligent beings seem rather extreme. Even if we just stand back and watch the diseases they created, the radiation and the hunger that resulted from their own actions wipe them out, we can’t evade our responsibility…” answered the captain.
“Yes… that is why I’m in charge of this operation. Rational though in biological units can be very difficult. Feelings, guilt and all those other illogical things that are part of what you are would not let you do what had to be done and what has to be done now, before we start getting this planet in shape for its new occupants. All humans must perish or they will start their wars again.” - answered the invasion officer.
After a short pause, the invasion control officer adds; “Soon we will have to send our hunting units down to complete the job. We can’t wait, if we do, some of them might adapt to the new conditions. Besides, to wait for the natural process to complete itself would be a waste of time. Our people need this planet now.”
A short time latter a dozen small units detach themselves from the orbiting ship. Effortlessly they dive towards an unsuspecting world that destroyed its capacity to detect them, with the intent of wiping out a defenseless human race.