I would think a good rule of thumb, as far as UFP foreign policy is concerned, would be:
No nation may initiate
the use of force against another. When defending
itself (and its allies) against aggressors, the Federation is perfectly justified in using force (as in the Dominion War), but only then
Seems simple enough...in theory, of course.
In other words, if war ever breaks out between The Khitomer Alliance and The Typhon Pact, The UFP must take great pains to ensure that the Alliance does not start the war
...should war break out, common sense demands that the Alliance must
be prepared to fight. Survival depends
"The saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia.... 'Needs and abilities' are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to 'the State shall take, the State shall give'."