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Old April 1 2013, 08:01 PM   #36
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Re: Star Fleet and Genocide

Timo wrote: View Post
eh? Is this bizarro world logic?
The only bizarro world would be the one where all conflicts are one and the same and end the same way...

The Soviets and the US both openly talked about MAD during the Cold War, and that conflict ended peacefully.
So, nothing at all in common with the case at hand, in which one side gave away its one and only trump card and can never use it again. Not to mention the two sides engaged in actual war here, using the weapon mentioned above, while the US and the USSR never did.

Well, Germany was totally defeated, unable to militarily resist even a sufficiently big mob of Jews with torches and pitchforks. The Dominion lost no men or materiel in its conflict with the Alpha Quadrant - save for whatever it built and bred locally after the wormhole was closed, which in itself proves the Dominion can trivially outproduce the entire Alpha Quadrant.

And they did understand that with Germany disarmed and no longer a threat of any sort, the inheritors of German technological might across the Atlantic would be the next big threat. Which is why a conflict against those inheritors continues this very day, with thousands of nuclear warheads in readiness.

The Federation and Dominion find common ground on which to build a relationship?
What ground? The only advantage the Federation could ever have utilized to appease this paranoid superpower, their record of good manners and benevolence, was completely lost with the use of the genocidal assassination scheme. Not only is the UFP as bad as all other Solids, with whom the Dominion has never found any common ground in the past ten thousand years - it is worse.

And just because they UFP played a trump card, doesn't mean they don't have any more in their deck or have quit working on developing more.
One should hope so. But the only vulnerable part of the Dominion appears to be the Founders themselves, and the trump cards don't fit that slot any more.

Timo Saloniemi

the cure wasn't their one and only trump card, if one disease could be developed, what's to stop them from developing another one? Or a weapon of a different type? Maybe a virus that attacks the Jem'Hadar?

And I still don't see why the Dominion would want to return to a war they knew they were going to lose? The virus didn't change who WON the war, it just changed the length of time and the casualties. The balance of power wasn't going to suddenly change quickly.
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