Nov 17 2015

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As if on cue and in support of my points in the last post:

Here Is the Soviet Union’s Secret Space Cannon In 1975: the USSR actually fired a cannon from an orbiting space station. Forty years later, we finally got a good look at this gun. 1975 was eight years after the signing of the Outer Space Treaty.

There are two possibilities regarding “follow the treaty”:

  1. The Russians violated the treaty, but the US did not
  2. Both the Russians and the US deployed and operated space weaponry in space.

In the first case, it means that the US would have had no response to the Russians if the space cannon worked well. Even in the case that the cannon was determined to no be practical (it appears that this was the case, as Wikipedia says that future Almaz statrions were to be armed with missiles), the Russians would have been closer to figuring out a solution than the US. In this scenario, following the Outer Space Treaty would put us behind the Russians in an arms race. Thus, signing the treaty in the first place was bad policy.

In the second scenario, if nobody is following the treaty and there are no consequences for violating the treaty, then why have a treaty at all?

Quod Erat Demonstrandum.

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