They've only ever seen his side where he is hurting or killing people. Commanding people to fight is different than leading people to peace. I don't think Ender is a very motivational speaker, which is a key part in being a keeper of peace.
Interesting comment Byran. I think you are correct though, Ender is not very motivational. It would seem to me that he is more of a loner - this trait is not conducive to leading I don't think.
Well maybe because they see how great he is at being the total opposite of the peace keeping type that they probably thought he didn't even want to make peace let alone be good at it.
Here's an additional question...Do you think Ender could have avoided killing off the bugger race if the IF had given him an opportunity to speak to them? Try to reason with them perhaps, or did it have to play out just the way it did?
This chapter confused me a lot.. I didn't understand what was going on for about half of the chapter. From what I did understand, If ender could've found the clues sooner and figured things out ahead of time, I think the extinction could've been prevented. People would have to have complete trust in Ender to prevent the war. Before the war, he isn't as trusted as he would've needed to be, and people may have though he was crazy. People believe that he can't be as good at peace as he is war is because many believe war and peace are opposites. Which in Enders case, they wouldn't be wrong. Ender fought the war without mercy, although unknowing, and not showing any sign of "peace".
It did not need to end that way. They could have found information about the buggers and tried reason with them. They only ever needed enders killer side. Ender is not the best choice for peace but finding out about the bugger help him a lot. Then he wrote the book about buggers and Hegemon.
Ahh you guys are finshing with hard chapter 12! I was confused also. Since Ender has been isolated pretty much his whole life he isn't a good talking people into things like valentine. I think Ender could have stopped the buggers by communication. They had to let Ender kill them all. Ender is not best at peacefully talking because he has never had to convince people or play with there minds. I agree with all the answers they are exceptional an amazing.
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