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Speculative but possible
on 31 August 2008
The great thing about Joseph Farrell's books are that aside from being interesting reads, they always challenge what you might term "conventional history", and thus regardless of whether you agree with him or not they always make you reconsider what previously you might have taken for granted to be fact. This book is certainly no exception to that.
I have mixed feelings about the book. On the negative side, some of the theories written by other researchers that Farrell uses to support his central theory of an ancient war in the solar system are not very credible, and also he rejects certain other researchers theories, but then actually uses them as supporting evidence.
For instance in the 3rd chapter of part 1, he discusses the work of Alan Alford who by the way believes that behind virtually all religions and philosophies "...there lies a single secret of stunning simplicity- the age-old myth of exploded planet." In my view Farrell rightfully rejects that theory, but then he goes on to use a slightly modified version of a formula Alford came up with in interpreting the ancient texts to back up his own theory. Where Alford equates the words Mountains = Planets = Gods , Farrell changes this to Mountains being closely associated with but not identical to Planets to Gods, and then proceeds to use that formula when he examines some of the ancient texts. Likewise with Zechariah Sitchin, where he rejects Sitchins theory that the theft of the Tablets of Destinies shut down communications between spaceports on Earth and another planet, but then goes on to use Sitchins theory as supporting evidence that as a result of the theft, there was a loss of communications between some of the Gods on Earth and elsewhere.
On the plus side, part 3 where he looks at external evidence of a war on other planets and moons in the solar system was really interesting, and I couldn't put the book down until I'd read the whole part.
In addition the chapter on plasma cosmology was certainly intriguing, and I think there might be something to it.
The section on what kind of weapons systems that could have been used in the war was not exactly easy going as he writes about some pretty advanced stuff like optical phase conjugation and how it might possibly be used to create some type of planetary or star-busting weapon. However it's certainly an important factor to consider, and after doing a little background reading, I was able to roughly understand the basic concepts, and to see how this kind of technology could potentially have been applied in the scenario described, and he does a pretty good job of interpreting some of the ancient texts along these lines.
Overall I wouldn't say the book is exactly convincing but Farrell himself admits that it is "highly speculative," and considering the limited evidence that is currently available to us I think he's done well in at least showing the cosmic war hypothesis to be a possibility.
Incidentally when the architect of the modern atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer was asked "how do you feel after having exploded the first atomic bomb on earth" he replied "not first atomic bomb, but first atomic bomb in modern times." Makes you wonder.