Hitler. Stalin. Pol Pot. Dictators who murdered millions of innocents. May we now add Mon Mothma, leader of the Rebel Alliance, to the list?
The things fans will work out. Curtis Saxton has worked out an ecological analysis on the destruction of the Death Star II in Return of the Jedi. His conclusion? The forest moon of Endor would have been rendered uninhabitable by the debris and fallout resulting from the explosion.
A choice quote: “For the Rebel Alliance, the devastation [of Endor] was an unfortunate side-effect of the necessary destruction of a war-machine which was poised to deliver worse destruction throughout the civilised galaxy.” So, Mon Mothma’s decision to destroy the Death Star II, while saving thousands or millions of planets, doomed an entire planet.