Partial transcript of 9 February 2375 edition of Countdown: Cardassia
Finally, as promised, a Special Comment on the events on Bajor this past week. As a representative of one of the founding member races of the United Federation of Planets, I can say we have moved beyond superstition, a belief in the supernatural and in divine intervention. However, for many of us during these trying times, it is all we have.
As a precursor to the UFP, long-standing rivals came together in a Coalition
of Planets to address a growing threat from the Romulan Star Empire. Most notably, Vulcans and Andorians considered each other bitter enemies. And many of them remained understandably skeptical even after the resolution of the Babel Crisis and the Earth-Romulan Wars. Terrans, Vulcans, Andorians, and my people, the Tellarites, along with so many others stand together in an organization built on cooperation, not conquest. On peace, and not war.
Two hundred years later, even the Klingons and Romulans, leaders of two empires built on the belief that that which is different from them is the enemy and a threat to be conquered, stand with us in the cause of beating back an oppressive and implacable enemy that has darkened this quadrant the last three Earth years.
Of course, Bajorans had a right to be skeptical when Starfleet took control of Terok Nor, now designated Deep Space Nine, in 2369. The Cardassian Union made similar promises a half century earlier. Men like Skrain Dukat extended an open hand of friendship, only as long as the Bajoran people “behaved themselves” and did not ask for too much. In the subsequent years, many of the Bajoran people have come to see the Federation as the real deal and it is only a matter of time before they are officially one of us.
Of course, an unfortunate reality in this universe is that not all sentient beings are interested in reason, a failing among my people. Many want a scapegoat, someone to blame for all the ills of society. They want panic and the guilty thrill of chaos. Many want an excuse to bash skulls, to go after someone they can
challenge, because they dare not challenge the true
enemy. What in the name of whatever creator you believe in can be accomplished by obstructing our ability to win the Dominion War?
If you think that it would help persuade both sides to seek a peaceful settlement, as was the case when the Organians used their superior abilities to call off the First Federation-Klingon War in 2267, you are fatally mistaken. People like Bek Gillen, claiming we will lose the war and that Bajor will be the first to fall when that does happen, encourage his people to rise up against an oppressive enemy claiming that the disappearance of the wormhole is only the first step in the Federation’s conquest, and then weeps on the air saying he did not intend for the Bajoran people to become the enemy they sought to destroy.
To those Bajorans watching and Federation citizens who have Bajoran friends or work closely with Bajorans, deliver this message. We are not the enemy. Unlike when the Cardassians came to your world fifty years ago, we do not have ulterior motives. You see the universe much as we see it. But our differences are just as important as our similarities. In fact, that is the Vulcan people’s slogan. Kol-Ut-Shan,
Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.
We would never ask the Bajoran people to forsake or renounce their religion. That is in fact, the Federation’s highest law, not to intervene in the natural development of any society. Although Starfleet’s General Order One now needs to be bent given that Deep Space Nine is critical to the defense of this quadrant, the most fundamental principle behind our Prime Directive still stands.
That’s Countdown for today, the 51st day since victory at Chin’toka. Good day and good luck.