Re: Star Fleet and Genocide
In all the shows they tend to veer wildly from a very humanitarian attitude to a variation on "screw us and we will screw you right back" - basically modern US foreign policy.
Starfleet seems to follow the maxim "tread softly and carry a big stick" - especially in the first few seasons of TNG the Enterprise-D seemed like a luxury hotel in space, but Picard was regularly almost conceited about it's tactical capabilities.
I believe in a better world, so I love Star Trek. I have to live in this one, so I love Battlestar Galactica.