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Old April 27 2013, 03:04 AM   #221
sonak
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Re: Did Picard make the right decision with the Son'a/Baku

Hartzilla2007 wrote: View Post
DonIago wrote: View Post
Is it Kirk's duty to defend them at that point?
Probably not but he would do it anyway because it's James T. Kirk were talking about he does the right thing not the politically convenient thing.

Is it realistic to expect the Federation to devote resources to protecting a planet that will grant them nothing in return?

IIRC, the Kodos situation involved the planet being hit by a famine and there not being enough food to keep everyone alive. Kodos hence opted to eliminate X% of the population so that there would be enough food for everyone else. Hardly an approach that anyone will commend him for, but I don't see any good options here.
How about not committing mass murder thats a good option.


sonak wrote: View Post
actually, Ru'afo mentions it to Dougherty, talking about how every major power has been challenging the Federation, implying a strategic advantage through the particles.
So immortality obsessed man child is the entire reason for that argument. yeah lets go with that guy instead of onscreen evidence that the particles don't really amount to much in the grad scheme of things.

All your arguments are basically circular- Kirk would do it because it's the "right thing to do." Ru'afo has to be wrong because the film has declared that he's supposed to be the bad guy.

Sorry, I don't find those persuasive. Permanently defending a tiny village of pacifists who are such hypocrites that they'll let others fight for them but won't do it themselves, and didn't tell anyone else about a revolutionary discovery because it would have spoiled their private little Eden is not "the right thing to do." It would also be blatantly picking sides in a dispute where the Son'a have equal claim to the planet, so in addition to being strategically foolish during a time of war, it's a violation of the PD as well.

You're asking the Federation to violate its own laws and sabotage its own war effort to help a small village that contributes nothing to the Federation.
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