Fear & wonder — a powerful combination
Senator Gracchus, Gladiator (DVD)
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of The Future (1961 AD) (Clarke's 3rd Law)
SUMMARY: I'm essentially saying, that an advanced alien civilization, wielding advanced "Telepathic Weapons", could co-opt & control the consciousnesses of (willing?) humans. Such "Telepathic consciousness manipulations" might be perceived as "awe-some" & "wondrous" to the targeted species. As such, such "Telepathic Weapons" could be considered "Alien Wunder-Waffen [Wonder Weapons]".
As for any purported part played by self-deception, the notion of being "contacted by the consciousness of [self-proclaimed] 'god'" could be very flattering, to targeted species, inducing & enticing their collaboration w/ the off-worlders.
Edited by Widdekind, 21 January 2010 - 06:16 AM.