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Old April 25 2013, 10:48 PM   #516
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Re: Janeway's Decision to Kill Tuvix

Gov Kodos wrote: View Post
Lions are always a threat, too, we don't exterminate them.
Lions can exist without being a threat. If a lion is left in its natural habitat, it won't harm humans. The Borg are different. The Borg are incapable of being anything other than a threat. They are, in the most literal sense, incapable of DOING anything other than assimilating, stealing and destroying.

Why are the Borg intrinsically less deserving of survival than Tuvix?
Threats must be destroyed. A captain has the near-absolute right to neutralize a threat to ship and crew. If this can be done like it was with Seven and Hugh - separating them from the Collective without killing them - then fine. But when confronted by an entire Cube, the alternative is obvious: destroy it by any means necessary. None of this applies to Tuvix, because he could have existed just fine as a normal crewmember without ever being a threat to anyone.
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