Re: The Maquis or the Federation?
The Cardassian massacre had nothing to do with order and everything to do with revenge and arguably the female shapeshifter going batshit crazy.
As we have no idea how many Maquis were on the planet Sisko torpedoed, nor how much access they had to ships (given they were refugees by this point, it's quite possible they were ready to make a speedy exit if necessary) I'm not sure it's reasonable to assume there were any casualties. I can see Starfleet overlooking the situation much more readily if no death ensued, and it's obvious that Sisko didn't take any serious heat for his actions.
I get the inner need to vindicate the main protagonist, but do you really think a group of refugees is going to have a ship for every person just sitting around?
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