Re: General order 24, were Kir kand Scotty bluffing?
Look up the word genocide.
What they were doing for 500 years was absolutely not genocide.
1 to 3 million deaths a year is not genocide
55 to 60 million people on earth were killed in WWII--that's 10 million a year and Earth population ingeneral wasn't anything close to being exterminated--in fact the earths overall population grew during that 6 year period.
Spock himself said the solution had a certain logic to it---a planet commiting genocide would not fall into thaty category.
Wars, famine and diseases kill a lot more people on earth every year than 3 million and we are not facing planetwide genocide or extermination.
Scotty's statement "....in one hour the entire inhabited surface of your planet will be destroyed."
IS genocide and I'm proud the writers had the guts to have the Ent crew willing to do it to save the lives of their hostages. if only we had the guts to commit genocide to prove to our adversaries how tough and badass we are!
Sorry Grant, incorrect use of the word genocide on my part.
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