[Source:] The British Military Governor in Germany, Air Marshal Sir Sholto Douglas, was strongly opposed. He wrote: "We are apparently prepared to send these men, including one who is 73, to trial by the Americans. I frankly do not like this. I feel that if the Americans wish to be critical in our inaction in trying war criminals, I should prefer that they should continue to criticise rather than ♦ that we should commit an injustice in order to avoid their criticism." ♦
1. Any other formal terms describing this syntax? I know that rather than is a conjunction.
I added the lozenges to surround my guess at what is the that-clause (in this quote).
2. I can't pinpoint why, but this syntax looks strange and wrong to me? How can I naturalise it?
3. To investigate 2, I tried to replace rather than with its synonyms. So is it perfectly right to form instead of + that-clause, in place of + that-clause, ... ?
Footnote: I had never before encountered this syntax (which seemed more intricate); so suspected that Sir Sholto studied languages in some way. I seem to be right; he did classics at Lincoln College, Oxford.