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Old May 7 2013, 10:51 PM   #669
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Re: Janeway's Decision to Kill Tuvix

cabby wrote: View Post
Janeway is not a dictator, and is not exempt from law.
I'll give you that part...

Her simply giving an order to someone does not entail the crew following it.
...but not that one. A crewmember under Janeway's (or anyone else's) command is not allowed to question orders simply because of morality. It's not their place to do so. A crewmember may refuse to follow an illegal order, but not an 'immoral' one; Janeway is clearly not violating Federation law when she performs the procedure on Tuvix, so that alone absolves her of any legal sanctions. The question of whether her actions were *moral* is another thing entirely; but the fact that they were LEGAL makes the crew bound to follow them.

The crew has a duty not to follow immoral orders (as the EMH demonstrates at the end of this episode).
The EMH gets a pass, because he is also bound by his oath as a doctor. The rest of the crew, however...their oaths as Starfleet officers require them to follow all orders given them. As I just said, it's not the crew's place to determine morality. They must follow all legal orders, without question. Janeway's orders were legal. Therefore, by definition, they must be followed.
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