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Lelouch didn't have time to think about a lot of long term ramifications which he should have thought about earlier while he was planning to disrupt the opening of the SAZ. But as a military leader he should have been able to see that Euphemia would be really easy to capture -- even Kallen saw that and asked if he was going to capture Euphemia. And it should have been obvious that there would be no great problem keeping her prisoner.
That was all that Lelouch should have thought about before deciding to capture Euphemia instead of killing her. Thinking hard looking for reasons to kill someone instead of capturing them is evil.
Killing Euphemia would have been terribly evil even if Lelouch was certain that she was never be cured of the geass command. It would have been almost exactly as evil as killing her if he was certain that she could easily be cured of the geass command.
As it was, Lelouch had no idea that Euphemia could ever be cured, and no proof that she never could be cured. He was somewhere between the two extremes of being certain she would be cured and certain she could not be cured. But since his knowledge lay between two extremes which had very slight effect on the degree of evilness in his murder of Euphemia the exact state of his ability to estimate if Euphemia could be cured is almost meaningless in trying to reduce his guilt.
My theory is not weird. It is simple logic and deduction from the evidence.
Euphemia could talk in the sickbay. Therefore she could give orders, including orders to massacre more Japanese and kill Suzaku, that would be obeyed. The geass command tried to make her kill, and Euphemia resisted, and then she talked about other things with no evidence that she could even feel the geass command trying to make her kill.
So the most logical interpretation of that evidence is that Euphemia almost certainly defeated the geass command in the sickbay.
But Euphemia had only seconds to defeat her geass command before it would take over her and make her kill. Finding a way to defeat it in mere seconds would be an incredible coincidence. But if Euphemia's subconscious mind resisted the geass command even after it took control of her, it could have found a way to defeat it before Lelouch shot her. Then her subconscious mind could simply remember that method and use it again in the sickbay when the geass tried to regain command. Thus Euphemia could have squashed her geass command within seconds in the sickbay.
I would say that a objective opinion would be that there is at least a ninety percent probability that Euphemia defeated her geass command in the sickbay and at least an eighty one percent probability that Euphemia defeated her geass command right before Lelouch shot her.
It is logically impossible to write a story in which a good and decent person kills an innocent person who is so easy to capture alive as Euphemia would have been. The writers of Code Geass might have tried but they failed to do the utterly and totally impossible.
What actually happened right before Lelouch shot Euphemia was almost exactly identical with the course of events which you admit would have made Lelouch evil.
And she still could be captured easy even when she carried a machne gun. Neither Lelouch, nor CC, nor Kallen was shown acting worried about Lelouch's safety. The writers did not do anything to make the audience fear Euphemia would shoot Lelouch.
it is time for you to stop defending Lelouch for murdering someone who was absolutely helpless against the power of his nightmares, and who loved and trusted him too much to be dangerous to him. Grow up.
PS. You are a little imprecise about what would have made Lelouch & Co. the most hardcore terrorists ever.