Friday, March 10, 2006

Hommes de caverne en Europe


Actually the headline is a bit unfair; it should say France, not Europe.

Last summer, when I was still on speaking terms with Robin Crookshank Hilton, on her recommendation I went to Reines Le Chateau when on my hols in France. This place of course is at the heart of the Da Vinci crap, a book I feel I am the last person in the world not to have read. I cooed and aahed as I walked round and then went into the souvenir shop. The first thing that caught my eye was the array of Ufological magazines on display and despite having very poor French, it wasn't too difficult to make out the various contents. I quickly came to the conclusion that in France, they are a bucketful of believers.

Lately, nasty Nick Redfern has been doing his best to kick away at the alien angle to Roswell and more recently has revealed that Ufologists are spied on by the intelligence community, not because of their interest in Ufology but because they may be using Ufology as a cover for espionage or un American/British activities. Seems the authorities don't give a monkey's what we dig up about UFOs which isn't very encouraging for those who hold that there is an enormous cover up.

Then, sacre bleu, France's gift to the paranormal and to original thinking, Jacques Vallee goes and gives an interview to a French radio station to plug his new book and in the interview condones Nick Redfern's theory about what happened at Roswell. Result? Some very angry and unhappy Gaulois smoking Gallics. In fact, angry isn't the word. Rude, abusive and hysterical would be more accurate, judging by one or two of the emails I have been receiving. Yes, I get them by proxy because I have carried interviews with Nick in UFO Review.

I can't help but feel that there is a large dollop of immaturity and insecurity going on here. These people are having their legs taken away from under them, belief wise that is, and have chucked their dummies out of the pram. They haven't even got the intellectual wit to say to themselves, "That's Mr. Redfern's theory but there is very little proof and he is as likely to be wrong as he may be right". If God-like Jacques gives it a thumbs up, even if he hasn't exactly been on board with the ETH for the last 3o years or so, then it might just be true.

It's a bit sad to watch quite frankly. Dans l'intéret France d'un dieu, grandissez.