Re: Federation is inhumanly benevolent
Sending two men to negotiate with the ruling council is "conquering"?
The Tellerites were criminals, hence the "illegal" activity.
If the Organians were the country bumpkins they originally appeared to be, what would've been their choices exactly? Either way they were going to be forced to give up their way of life as a strategic piece of real estate in a Federation-Klingon war.
Kirk was using the Klingons as a chip to force the Organians to side with the Federation and be "host" to Federation forces.
All Tellarites everywhere are criminals?
"...the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is I do not know." - Lt. Commander Data, "Where Silence Has Lease"