Good movie reference.
It's a bit of a surprise that the Creator Program didn't prevent that. But it seems that the Creators' morality isn't all it could be, so maybe it's not so surprising after all.
The self-destruct was in isolation of the program. ILR Special knows about, and is trying their best to eliminate the usurpatious thing.
To say that this scene shocked me into your day would be an understatement. It is more than obvious that the ILR is willing to do anything to maintain order among its population, even if that means committing genocide.
And with respect to the Creators, I doubt very much that they care what is going on there, assuming, of course, they consider their own creations as brainless, stupid animals.
The whole idea was to see what could happen, including self-inflicted extinction. That the program has intervened at all is outside the original intent, as it independently recognizes that the experiment has gone about as far as it can go, but doesn't want to too overtly go deus ex machina on the situation.
When I first though to use that line, I was actually thinking of a scene for Matt Howarth's Konny and Czu, but Dr. S was not far behind.
chances are that the ILR will publicly blame the destruction on ConFed raiders.