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Which then brings us to the historical purpose of the genophage. I have a hard time believing that the genophage was the only possible solution to the rebellion. No matter how many simulations are run, there will always be another avenue for resolution. I have the feeling that it was a sort of World War II situation, where the atomic bomb was used to bring about the end of the war, but whether or not it accomplished its goal, it doesn't mean that it was the right thing to do, either in the real world or its fictional Mass Effect equivalent. One could argue the ends justifies the means, but look at the repercussions. The krogan had devolved into even more brutish creatures than they were before, this time with an acidic loathing for salarians and turians - well, pretty much everything, actually - and, as Maelon speculated in Mass Effect 2, an increased krogan population might have left the universe that much more prepared for Saren's invasion with Sovereign. It seems that, too often, those in power look for a quick solution and deem a short-term gain to be worth the long-term loss. And everybody suffers.
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