The original rendition of my previous post included a description of my experiences with the exact kind of situation, but I figured this is a thread about literature in a forum about Go, thus it being unnecessary to delve into such matters—it will take a while before it gets removed by the system, though, in case you’re interested in perusing it.
Regarding to the proposed destruction of the alien homeworld, I believe that, again, the context should be presented before moving on to the value judgement: Earth had been invaded, not once but twice,1 by extraterrestrial forces, seemingly incapable of any known form of communication, each invasion having costed millions of lives, and everything indicated that the third wave was about to come and that, when it came, it would be impossible to defend the planet. That’s the context. Now it’s possible do debate the solution Earth’s defense forces chose in the book.
Then again, literature thread, forum about Go. I recommended a science fiction book, you don’t like it, others might read it and they may or may not like it, and that’s that. I only remarked at all about your post because I disagreed with what I perceived as an innacurate representation of an idea, not with your judgement of said idea—for I think this isn’t the for such discussions.
But anyway, I love books, and I really enjoy talking about them, so I thank you very much for giving me expedient to reflect about something that I had read a long time ago. It brought back some interesting memories.
1. By the way, that’s something I took umbrage with when it came to the movie: in the adaptation, Earth had been attacked once before that solution was proposed.