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Old May 1 2013, 05:26 PM   #634
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Re: Janeway's Decision to Kill Tuvix

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Easy. I never took an Ethics course.
And neither did I. I like to think, however, that it's kind of basic to view killing an innocent as immoral.
All right, here's a different answer which might explain my position better. I wrote that last one right before going to bed (it was almost 2am).

My first response perhaps a dozen pages back was as Janeway, the captain, if there was even a remote chance to get my two men back, I would have done anything in my power to accomplish that. People immediately jumped on me for the comment because it wasn't what they wanted to hear.

In real life, no, I would not advocate murder of an innocent to save two others. But in terms of the science fiction premise, I don't see the definition of murder as even applicable here. Gov. Kodos seems to approach it like I do. If Tuvix had been presented as a Thing With Two Heads, this wouldn't even be an issue.
Isn't that the same argument Maddox used against Data being the property of Starfleet? "If it was a box on wheels I wouldn't be facing this opposition."
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