Maybe they haven't experienced our history yet. When someone declares "total war", and they manage to convince their enemy that they mean it, they normally act accordingly. In WWII, there really weren't that many Japanese surrenders until late in the war, and darn few SS that managed to surrender. Not many tears wasted on them either.
He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.
Despite their rocky start, we see that the Captain and his lieutenant are beginning to think along similar lines.
Is this a prelude to Birthright, the disconnection from the A.I. computer networks?
Birthright is set about a century later, in the remains of what was after the wars.
Refusing to accept surrender is, if I recall correctly, a war crime ... quite a serious one, too. However, as long as you make sure you win the war, you're good — only the losers get prosecuted.
A war crime now, but only very recently and still only sketchily respected. But in this case, there is a more genocidal flavor to it. You don't need big dirty multi-stage thermonuclear devices for any kind of mere reduction of assets.
And the bunnies have already used the "Cosmic Shotgun" KEW on Ermas' homeworld. Rather a war crime in most contexts.
BTW Steve will you be redoing "Birthright" in the future? Radio seems to have disappeared, at least there seems tobe activity in the last couple of years.
Didn't the Geneva Convention have something to say on the subject already at the time of WWII?
Birthright is still there, I just haven't been sending in more material, being a lazy and disorganized sod.