Honest question, then: Let's assume Cyclops were making a thought-out, tactical decision when he fired on Captain America, under the assumption that Cap were alone. What would Step 2 have been?
And in this case I don't see how it's smarter to pull the first punch. Shooting at Steve gave him no tactical advantage at all. Steve wasn't hurt. The Avengers weren't compromised in any way.
All he really did was make it easier to justify the Avengers attacking. If nothing else, it would have been MUCH smarter to allow Steve to throw the first punch. Then the X-Men would have a MUCH easier time taking the higher ground. As much as I disagree with what Frenzy with with the Avengers, it showed a whole lot more common sense than what Scott did.
It's something he might not even do. And IF he does, the X-Men in the least can cite their actions more as self-defense.
How exactly is responding with a show of force the better option here?
The attack felt justified to me. Cyclops was not going to give Hope to the Avengers, Steve was clearly not leaving with out her. Cyclops told Captain America to leave, Steve said no. That kind of impasse wouldn't have gone away, especially because if either of them had been willing to compromise, Emma Frost would have been able to tell and would have said something.
Say what you will about the X-men, but there's really no denying that they go to enormous lengths to protect their own. Steve should have known that. After the hell that the X-men went through to get Hope safely to the X-men (Second Coming), Steve should have known that Cyclops wouldn't just turn her over to a potentially hostile force with a guy (Wolverine) who thinks stabbing people is the best solution to every problem.
I'm siding with the X-men, but both sides are superheroes, and I think the rhetoric for this event has been toned WAY up. Nobody should be describing these teams as "evil".
But more to the point, I think it's a good short term sollution to avoiding a flat out fight which Scott seemed to want. In the least it's probably preferable to how things turned out.
I'll ask again... how it attacking Steve rather than simply teleporting Hope away and trying to talk to Hope better?
Fact is, Cap wanted to play who's got the biggest balls and Scott is trying to save his people. No matter the outcome of this event, I know who is right.
Cyke was just following the Castle Doctrine.
I know Kevin Nichols through a guy that knows a gal. Small world!
If nihilism didn't take some delight in destruction one might suspect nihilists were an unnaturally morbid sort.
The burden of proof is on you to explain how Cyclops was in the right to escalate the situation.