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The Emperor of mankind could forsee all of the threats against our race.
He fought to establish the Imperium, launch the great crusade, we're talking about a man who as far as GW lore is concerned seems to know what he is doing.
So why is it that the Emperor decided that all Xenos should be rejected and destroyed?
Is it because they are simply not capable of understanding the Imperial Truth/therefore they are inferior to Mankind? Not every Alien race that was wiped out was evil, they didn't all practice satanic/demonic worship and not all of them were savage. I understand that during the time of the great crusade many alien races were roaming about doing as they pleased with human colonies and worlds, and that such races like Orks and Eldar could not be trusted or delt with peacefully.
But look today with races like the Tau for example. If they were a part of the great crusade period they too would of been destroyed, why?
Does the Emperor know something that perhaps the Aliens don't even know about their own races, did he forsee that they would fall to Chaos or over time they would taint and destroy humans from within?
It was probably because the only Xenos species he had any major contact with were the Orks (yeah...) and the Eldar. Being that the Orks were mainly considered to be bloodthirsty barbarians, and the Eldar were arrogant and preferred to manipulate everyone else into doing things for them, he may have had a bit of a skewed view of aliens in general.
In current times, however, this general dislike was probably manipulated by xenophobes in high places to justify their fears/hatred. It's probably just one of many things the Emperor never wanted (including being revered as a god).
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The galaxy belongs to humanity. To let the xenos live would be tantamount to blasphemy, regardless of their personal morality.
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It is mankinds divine right to rule the galaxy.
Useful Xenos like Grox are allowed, annoying Xenos like Orks are to be exterminated.
This universe ain't big enough for everyone! Much like Europeans decided to expand into the Americas, killing those annoying natives on the way.
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I don't understand, because in the heresy series of books the general idea seems to at least attempt to establish contact with Aliens, and yet some legions try to destroy them.
Or is it general policy to kill all aliens and you only make exception for the odd race here and there that is useful or very powerful?
The ideology of the early (and current) Imperium was very much an anthropo-supremacist one. In that they believed that humanity was absolutely perfect and destined to rule the entire galaxy. This probably isn't true, given how inelegant (compared to Eldar) and inefficient (compared to Orks) humans really are. But so long as they believe it, aliens are worth nothing except as tools or resources; they have no right to life of their own. Even the open-minded (ha!) Horus was shocked that the Interex harboured and accomodated alien races, even as servants. They really do think that they're the galaxy's only salvation.
Then again, they're destined to evolve into a psychic race with a multidimensional consciousness and total mastery of the Warp. The implication in books like Xenology is very much that humanity was either genetically engineered by the Old Ones, or actually are the devolved descendents of the Old Ones. Either way, they're the protagonists, and the Imperium knows it.
It doesn't help that all of the sentient alien races are either psychotic locusts or total douchebags. If you as a reader had to choose between putting your sympathy in an alien douchebag or a human douchebag, would you really pick the alien?
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Generally, the Imperium puts xenos on one of a couple lists, the normal ones being "Kill Now" and "Kill Later". If they're nonthreatening, the Imperium (and initially, the Emperor) is generally willing to leave them be as long as they're not on a world they want, aren't in their path of expansion, aren't being hostile, and keep to themselves. After all, they've got enough problems to deal with... but it's mankind's Destiny to rule the galaxy, and nothing stands in the way of that.
Of course, this only applies to sentient species - they don't care about ones that aren't, they're treated like any other animal.
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The Emperor did indeed want all nonhuman races destroyed. He was slightly more prepared to compromise sometimes than the current Imperial leaders (he nearly declared a truce with the Laer, or whatever they were called, when it was discovered they couldn't beat them easily). The most obvious reason is simple expedience.. by exterminating alien races you remove possible threats and different ideologies, and you also free up real estate for colonization.
Misunderstood or no, the Emperor was never some inclusive space hippy who wanted a happy galactic brotherhood of rainbows and lollypops. He wanted absolute and uncontested rulership of a human empire covering the entire galaxy, he was an absolute dictator who was happy to send billions of people to their deaths to bring worlds under his dominion, and while he may not have wanted worship, he did demand unquestioning obedience, with the alternative being death or forced obedience. Is the thought that he might see nothing wrong with exterminating aliens just because they were different really that hard to believe.
The Mechanicus also hates aliens because their creations pervert the spark of genius which the Machine God gifted to mankind. This is why using alien devices and weaponry is so heavily frowned upon.
Another reason humanity has a beef with xenos might be something of a vietnam-war mentality. They make contact with the Eldar, then end up betrayed in a really bad way towards the end. They make contact with the Orks, and get choppa'd before they can walk off the landing ramp. They find out about the Tyranids, who pretty much rush right in to eat everything. They make contact with the long-dead Necrons, who don't even bother to say 'hi' before using gauss fire to obliterate whatever lving thing happened to be in front of them. Eventually, mankind went "Screw it. If it isn't one of ours, kill it and never look back."