The Mighty Reason Man has been having a hilarious exchange with some of the dumbest people on the planet.
Nuking the moon as a massive display of force is a stupid idea. I should not have to say that. In fact I'm pretty sure if you stopped random people on the street and asked them if they thought nuking the moon would end terrorism their answers would range from, "Um, no. What does the moon have to do with terrorism?" to "Are you on crack? Get the hell away from me."
So rather than examine the tortured logic that's behind this plan (and the Mighty Reason Man has done that already) let's look at the minds behind the madness. In away it makes sense. We attacked Iraq because the terrorists who attacked us were--well not Iraqis. Why not attack the moon because --well the terrorists like it? Because you know if the terrorists can see the moon and we can see the moon than they win!
But the important thing isn't logic. It isn't even terrorism. It's blowing shit up, because let's face it Shock And Awe pretty much flopped at the box office. And to be honest I've never quite trusted the moon. One day it's full, then it's not, pick a freaking shape already! It's big, far away. I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
These people don't deserve the blogspace I'm giving them but they sure are fun to laugh at. One hopes that they'll rejoin reality soon where Darth Saddam isn't hiding in the waxing and waning Death Star and we can explain to them that actions particulary out-of-proportion, pointless, violent actions, tend to have repurcussions.
UPDATE: There is some interesting back and forth about the physics of detonating of nuclear bomb on the moon that the more mathematically inclined may find interesting, and is actually worth looking that. This doesn't change the fact that nuking the moon is the dumbest idea ever.