Delenn does not deserve better
An essay from Joseph Ravitts

Another interesting email that had to be put up. This is directly quoted, so any errors, spelling or otherwise, are the direct work of the writer.

From Fri Apr  3 14:36:44 1998
Date: Thu, 02 Apr 1998 04:33:58 -0800
From: Mary and Joseph Ravitts 
Subject: You little suspect what you've accomplished
Dear Ms. Bolin,
    It never even occurred to me before that I might ever DISLIKE the
character of Delenn.  You, however, have managed to make it possible
for me, in the very course of your deifying her.
    Just what DOES Delenn deserve?  Return with me to the starship on
board which Dukhat died.  In her hysterical grief over her teacher's
death, Delenn--an intelligent adult who should have known better--
CHOSE to regard her own loss as more important than the lives of AN
ENTIRE SPECIES OF BEINGS, not all of whom could by ANY stretch be 
considered guilty for Dukhat's death.  She therefore indulged her 
infantile self-pity by calling for the EXTERMINATION of that entire
species; and so Delenn, more than ANY other person, was DIRECTLY at
fault for the QUARTER-MILLION DEATHS which occurred in that one-sided
war.  "Deserves better?"  What Delenn DESERVES is to be tied up hand
and foot, and tossed into a room with fifty Earthmen who all lost
close relatives in the war.  SO WHAT it she's a "strong" character?
As a great poet observed, "For strength from truth divided, and from
just [i.e. from justice], illaudable, naught merits but dispraise."
    Of course, Delenn by now realizes that the blood of Earth's dead 
is right there on HER "strong" hands.  In a slightly belated remorse,
she has dedicated herself, not to further self-indulgence with an "I'm
worth more" attitude, but to a forlorn effort to make amends for the
monstrous crime she willfully and intentionally committed.
    John Newton, the writer of "Amazing Grace," would have understood
Delenn very well.  He was once a slave trader; but after he had hon-
estly faced the truth of what a crime he had been committing, he had 
no more time for any self-stroking "I deserve better" talk; his atti-
tude, from then till his dying day, was, "I have a debt to repay." 
And in that humble attitude, a greater strength than all of our cen- 
tury's trendy self-esteem psychobabble, he fought for decades to abol-
ish slavery.  He didn't consider any of this as entitling him to be
called a god; and Delenn certainly would never claim goddesshood--
not when all her good deeds combined only add up to a feeble effort
to repay the moral debt she brought on herself by launching genocide.
    BESIDES--what's the idea belittling John Sheridan?  His title of
"Starkiller" shows, not any fault on HIS part, but rather a spoiled-
brat sulking on the part of Minbari warriors.  Those warriors claim
it was unfair for Sheridan to outsmart the Black Star; funny, though,
the MINBARI saw nothing unfair about taking cowardly advantage of
Earth's weakness in technology to kill thousands of humans risk-free.
Most Minbari warriors are arrogant hypocrites; John Sheridan, by con-
trast, is a HERO.  So much a hero, that J.M.S. (far from "mistakenly"
showing DELENN too little respect) now seems to be artificially for-
cing John into a bad light by making him act callous toward the hopes
of Byron's teep group.
     This isn't a male-vs.-female issue, unless you choose to make it
so.  It's an issue of who is more noble--a character who has NEVER
been wantonly cruel (John), or a character who HAS been wantonly cruel
(Delenn).  You would not approve of a man who carried on about his
deserving better than the woman he married; so don't expect me to get
a better feeling about Delenn through scorning John.
            Joseph Ravitts