Now it makes sense why NASA emphasized the peaceful intent of the Artemis program (via the Artemis Accords). Williston illustrates how humans and other Earthlings are at... strategic disadvantage for a belligerent attack from beyond low earth orbit.
"Somehow this possibility... seems not to matter much to space expansionists, even though it's standard fare in the well of sci-fi from which many of them have drunk...."
I can only imagine the capacity and capability of the nascent U.S. Space Force amid the international race for space exploration by new parties [(i.e. China and India)]; or its role in Williston's recommendation for an updated Outer Space Treaty.
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). You can find her writings and commentaries, including the one for "The Case Against Mars" by Byron Willingston, at landturn.com/blog.
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