Re: Did Picard make the right decision with the Son'a/Baku
The immediate need in this case could be construed as the possibility that if the Federation didn't work with the Son'a the Son'a would likely sneak in and do it on their own. Given there was a huge war going on Starfleet almost certainly wouldn't have the ships to spare to indefinitely protect a single planet, especially a non-Federation planet with, in objective terms, a very small population.
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