Did you know we signed this thing called the Outer Space Treaty? Here’s what Wikipedia says about a part of it:
The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. Among its principles, it bars States Parties to the Treaty from placing nuclear weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction in orbit of Earth, installing them on the Moon or any other celestial body, or to otherwise station them in outer space. It exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for testing weapons of any kind, conducting military maneuvers, or establishing military bases, installations, and fortifications (Art.IV). However, the Treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit.
Basically, this has been ratified by everyone except a few countries whose space programs consist of a fifty dollar telescope.
So no nuclear weapons on the moon. We can use conventional weapons, which I guess means we can hit the moon with a sword. Not very impressive.
Here’s the thing, though: What if we need to declare war on the moon? The treaties wants us to use the moon for peaceful purposes, but that seems to assume the moon is peaceful. I argue it is not and must be dealt with.
We’re going to have to break this treaty. The only way you can legally break a treaty is to challenge all the countries who signed it to a contest of strength and beat them. The traditional contest is log throwing. We need to practice.