OK LONG POST TIME.
One thing that I want to point out first is how much the English dub of EW really messed up the meanings. Which is why I also put in the first three shots.
Dr. J does not mean to bury Heero Yuy’s (the pilot) humanity.
The original line is Dr. J questioning Dekim is dropping a colony onto Earth, and sending the Gundams down in the chaos left behind, is really what Heero Yuy (the politician) would have wanted.
And I think that causes a lot of confusion because of the English dubbing. Instead it made many think that Dr. J was really on board with re-training Heero to have no emotions of kindness; which is highly unlikely that it happened considering:
1. Dr. J talks about Heero being ‘a kind hearted’ person.
2. Dr. J does not follow the Operation Meteor that was planned and instead Heero chooses to do the altered version which was aimed purely at OZ.
But onto the real part of me posting this.
Sometimes I like to imagine just what went through Dekim’s mind when Heero appeared on that screen. There’s no doubt in my mind he would recognize Heero; there’s no reason he wouldn’t, Heero didn’t drastically change appearances between the flashback period and present time.
And it is obvious that he does recognize Heero because Dekim mentions that Heero should stop firing because Relena is inside the building. He knows that the last time he saw Heero, the boy had a weakness for being ‘kind’ (since the dialogue between J and Dekim likely took place when Heero was visibly ‘mourning’ what had happened, because how else would Dekim have known that it kindness that being a weakness?). Not to mention it was unlikely that J ever followed Dekim’s orders, since he too disobeyed the original Operation M. And we see for a very brief second, it does succeed, Zero lowers its rifle.
And we see Relena sort of acknowledge that there is a moment in which you do risk everything (even one’s life) for something you believe in. And in one short movement, that emotion is demonstrated when she just knows Heero will choose the ‘right’ thing to do and stop Dekim, even if it means she may die (which is what’s so horrifying to Mariemeia).
And then we see Heero realize that if he doesn’t overcome that obstacle, if at least for this singular moment, then that little girl’s death will have been in vain because history will just repeat itself that much sooner. That he has to follow his emotions and do the ‘right’ thing and risk what may cause Relena’s harm or death to ensure that the peace they all worked so hard for isn’t ended so prematurely. And then Zero opens fire one last time.
I sometimes think that is the greatest moment of irony in the movie. Dekim’s plan is completely unraveled by the same pilots and Gundams that his family funded. And one of the final blows to his stronghold is dealt by the weapon he wanted to act without kindness, when that same kindness is what drove that pilot to be there in the first place.
Life is an Endless Waltz.