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In Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 Episode 8 Bound for Rescue, Grievous defeated Kenobi & gained control over his Republic starship. Moments before he was going to collect data from data banks of ship, a holographic message of Kenobi appeared saying, the ship was about to self-destruct.

What was the point of alerting Grievous when he could be killed silently?

When it comes to diverting him from data stealing, I think killing Grievous was more important than saving some tactical data. It could change the wind of The Clone Wars.
Plus, the message wasn't that effective to save data if data security was poor enough to be broken within seconds. B1 Battle Droids already had orders after all.

Why didn't Kenobi try killing Grievous silently?

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Without having watched the episode or even most of the series, killing just isn't the Jedi way when they can avoid it. –  phantom42 Dec 11 '12 at 15:31
    
@phantom42 :) But, Kenobi did finally kill Grievous in movie. And, according to chats of other Jedi at Jedi Temple, the intention was also killing.. not capturing. –  Sachin Shekhar Dec 11 '12 at 15:49
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He also left Anakin to die. That doesn't mean it was his first choice. Especially as a younger, less jaded person, he may have been clinging to his ideals a little bit tighter at the time. –  phantom42 Dec 11 '12 at 15:53
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If you're asking about character motivations, his thoughts matter quite a bit. –  phantom42 Dec 11 '12 at 18:46
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Could have also been a gloat move, although that doesn't sound very jedi-like either. –  Jared Dec 11 '12 at 20:31
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Confusing yes, and obviously Grievous couldn't die, even though this would be an excellent opportunity to do so. My only explanation is that Obi-Wan's morality played a part, or he couldn't help besting his greatest foe.

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