And now...the plot thickens.
Great use of the Bajorans--reminding us of the danger, to keep the tension going.
BTW, Nerys, I see the irony you were talking about
The thought unnerved Dukat on some level...to break an animal until it wanted to do something against its nature because no other option was left--it didn't feel right somehow.
Ironic, because of Prime Dukat's line that "A true
victory...is to make your enemies see that they were wrong
to oppose you in the first place."
He loved to break
his enemies, that they would follow him williningly.
Dukat is different.
"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'."