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New treaty to ban space based weapons

Posted on Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 | Comment icon 68 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A new treaty has been proposed to disallow the use of weapons in space for humans and for aliens.

The Outer Space Security and Development Treaty of 2011 invites UN members to be signatories and is designed to create a framework "that will assure and verify that space is and will remain a neutral realm from which all classes of space-based weapons are banned in perpetuity".

"The proposed space treaty has roots dating back nearly 40 years, when Rosin worked with Wernher von Braun, the "father of rocketry," who was the chief architect of the giant Saturn V rockets that propelled American astronauts to the moon."

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Comment icon #59 Posted by regeneratia on 21 March, 2011, 18:57
As if the predominant dark thoughts of our present governments world-wide could direct some outside-of-earth-and-local-dimension-and-other-timely entity with far greater intelligence and wisdom!! I mean the thought is laughable.
Comment icon #60 Posted by Taun on 21 March, 2011, 19:07
Anyone who has any understanding of even basic physics can tell you, you don't need to take weapons into space... All you need is a big rock (asteroid) and a gravity well... the Earth... Read Robert Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"....
Comment icon #61 Posted by arenee on 21 March, 2011, 19:38
I admit it without shame...I had fun, I even read it more than the voice of course.
Comment icon #62 Posted by Druidus-Logos on 21 March, 2011, 20:30
That's an EXCELLENT book, Taun. Nice literary taste. Indeed, why use weaponry when you could launch a small moon or asteroid at a planet? Again, they would be capable of this, with their harnessing of extreme energy levels. The fact is, if aliens get here while we haven't mastered much higher energy levels, then they can do whatever they want, regardless of our pitiful Earth-bound weaponry. Anyone from another solar system is going to be more advanced than us, at least until we start to cross the void ourselves. If they find us, our weaponry will be found completely lacking... [More]
Comment icon #63 Posted by AZDZ on 21 March, 2011, 22:56
Is this a joke, or another preliminary step towards Disclosure? Given they existed at all, how the hell could we prevent them from doing anything they wanted? Wouldn't a space weapons ban with them only make sense if they were 'at the table' too? What if they wanted to preserve our structures for their own habitation?
Comment icon #64 Posted by Druidus-Logos on 22 March, 2011, 0:06
Well, likely, their body plans would be different, and they'd have no need for colonization. The point of banning it for them is just to show that we want peace with them. Of course we can't do anything if they don't want it. But at least it shows we're trying to do better than we have in 35,000 years.
Comment icon #65 Posted by tlsmith1138 on 22 March, 2011, 0:21
The only reality here is, we are trying to save face by declaring we can't stop an advanced alien civilizations boy scout group from handing us our butts not because we technologically suck, but because we choose to have our butts handed to us. I'm sure the aliens will have a chuckle. . . as they take this mutha over.
Comment icon #66 Posted by Grey Area on 22 March, 2011, 2:24
But we may still be at the mercy of our nature. Evolution, to the point of complete change takes a long time, and we are advancing far faster technologically than we are physically or psychologically. Unless you claim to be some kind of super ascended star child, there is no way you could know that what motivates an alien civilisation, be it antagonistic or pacifistic. Well in the period Europe were migrating to the America's there was nothing there that Europe did not already have. Greed and socio-economic pressures and politics dictated that move. And well, Australia was a dam... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Lcvec on 22 March, 2011, 16:26
You have a point there, I believe that would be the right way to go even though I don't see how it would work. If aliens attacked us, it's because they would want something from us, be it our planet, resources, technology or anything else...I'm not an alien but I don't see the point on declaring war to a whole planet for no reason at all. The problem is, if the aliens really show up and want to attack us, I'm not so sure we'd be able to do anything to stop them. I don't see how any of this would end up in "peace" anyway, if friendly aliens got here and ... [More]
Comment icon #68 Posted by Rlyeh on 22 March, 2011, 17:12
Thats a bit of a jump. Harnessing the power of stars in no shape or form implies lack of aggression or hostility. We haven't harnessed the power of stars and you've already arrived at a conclusion. Not necessarily your cooperation. You're also implying they have unlimited energy. Come on, conquering goes back further than just the colonization of America. How do you think the Roman empire expanded? And they'd need energy/resources right? The motive for a hypothetical war is glaring you in the face.

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