On 17 March 2013, a boulder-sized meteorite allegedly crashed into Mare Imbrium on the lunar surface and “exploded in a flash nearly ten times as bright as anything we’ve ever seen before,” according to Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.
The moon having been struck by a rock—an occurrence about as common as a sunny day in the Sahara—sounds innocent enough. Although the atypical force of this particular impact may have justified the release of a statement by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in order to brief amateur astronomers on the precise nature of the brighter-than-usual lunar blast they may have observed that day, why did it take NASA a full two months to do so?
Could it be that something other than a meteorite caused the exceptionally powerful explosion in March?
Of late, the White House seems beset by one scandal chasing another, each forcing the president into that awkward corner where a leader must choose between coming across as either (a) a commander guilty of dishonesty and/or malfeasance, or (b) a conductor struggling to control his orchestra; i.e., where he must straddle the dreaded fence between perceived wrongdoing and perceived incompetence.
Besides indications that the current administration may have winked-and-nodded—if not instructed outright—the IRS into donning a jeweler’s loupe when it came to examining tax returns filed by entities with conservative-sounding appellations, as well as sicced the Department of Justice on select members of the media, it also stands accused of having doctored its official talking points regarding the terrorist attack on the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi on 11 September 2012 so as to reflect more closely the official White House narrative of Al Qaeda being “on the run” as opposed to being still capable of staging deadly assaults on U.S. facilities just like in the olden days under Osama.
So what if this supposed “meteorite strike” on the lunar surface in March was no meteorite strike at all but an attempt by Al Qaeda to take out the Man in the Moon, whom they consider an infidel?
Compared to believing that blowing themselves up in a crowded marketplace will earn them 72 virgins in paradise, hitting a celestial object with a missile in order to off a potential non-believer seems eminently logical.
What’s troubling about this scenario, of course, is the specter of terrorists possessing a delivery mechanism capable of accelerating ordnance to 25,000 mph—the velocity required to escape Earth’s gravity—and precise enough to strike a target hundreds of thousands of miles away; not to mention its deleterious effect on the aforementioned narrative of Al Qaeda having been demoted from a threat to a nuisance.
Any wonder the White House has a strong vested interest in designating the March 17 explosion, irrespective of its true cause, a run-of-the-mill meteorite impact?
Having dragged its feet for two months, which accounts for the lag time between event and announcement, NASA’s dependence on government funding explains why the agency ultimate caved and agreed to tailor the information it released to the wishes of its financiers in D.C.—and voilà, a meteorite impact it was!
In the end, it all makes sense.
Bottom line, if we can’t trust our government, we must think for ourselves in order to figure out what happened.