Re: The Maquis or the Federation?
For that matter, why assume that because the planet is big that the colony must also be big? Or that Sisko didn't do his homework and know with reasonable certainty that the Maquis should be able to evacuate in time provided they chose to do so?
And the comparison to Maxwell is still invalid if you assume a "threat to the security of the Federation" is a legal phrasing rather than something that anyone can just throw around, since as far as I know it's never brought up in the episode.
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