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Old November 20 2011, 08:42 PM   #49
sonak
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Re: Phlox and Archer's actions in Dear Doctor

Incidentally, the "it's wrong to intervene" argument is NOT the argument Phlox uses for not giving the cure, it's that the disease is a genetic disorder, and so the "gods of evolution" have slated for the Valakians to go extinct.

So Phlox's rationale for his psychopathic actions is not "imperialism," it's pseudo-science.



And the differences between giving a cure for a disease and a military intervention are so numerous that I can't believe anyone would even try to compare the two.


Did Archer have to consider casualties of troops here? Or civilian deaths as collateral damage in battles? Or political balance-of-power calculations?

In other words, what was it costing him to give the cure? What was the dilemma?


There was none.
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