Re: SPACE: Lunar warfare

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Fri, 03 Jan 1997 15:10:26 -0600

> One hundred such rocks impacting would wreck the terran economy,
> military and space capability, but probably have a maximum kill of no
> more than 1 million people, much less especially if a lunar GOvt is
> humane and advises ahead of time all target locations so people can
> evacuate impact zones. Such an act would go farther propaganda wise to
> alienate people from supporting a repressive terran government policy.

If the economy is wrecked a hell of a lot more than 1 million people
will die, probably from lack of modern medicine. And if you think that
being bombed is going to turn more people against their own government
than a 1040 form, you're dreaming. War unites, not disunites. A Lunar
attack would inspire more support for the government than anything short
of an invasion.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

Disclaimer:  Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you
everything I think I know.