In the Gaunt's Ghost series the Tanith First and Only hails from the planet of Tanith. Many times they make remarks about having no home world, or how it's gone. Yet in the second novel the assault on Tanith consists of an orbital bombardment followed by an invasion. How exactly does this make the planet completely and forever lost. Shouldn't the attitude be that "one day we will return and reclaim our homeland" rather than "it's gone, get over it". You'd think Gaunt, and his senior officers would be constantly lobbying for a reconquest. I mean it's not Aldaraan, the only problem I can think of is that the various orbital bombardments kicked up enough dust and particles to block out the sun and kill all the plant life. Does anyone know the details that make Tanith completely uninhabitable?