R. Star wrote:
By that logic Maxwell should have gotten off scot free for attacking the Cardassians in The Wounded.
Really? I don't recall anyone saying during that episode that the Cardassians constituted "an intolerable threat to the security of the Federation".
It was implied by the fact that they were gearing up for war again which would put way more lives at risk than attacking a starship would.
On an unrelated note what is it with people refusing to accept that planets are big. They are not small towns they are very very big. In fact they are so big that starships are tiny specks compared to them. So it would be nice if people would realize that there is a chance that said planets might just have very large populations that would be very hard to move as quickly as you seem to THINK can be moved in Star Trek.