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Old June 18 2013, 02:24 AM   #18
Captain Clark Terrell
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Re: Federation vs The Dominiom: The Rematch.

AllStarEntprise wrote: View Post
Remember this is a hypothetical rematch scenario on how others would've run things differently.
And that excuses your presenting a poor argument how, exactly?

AllStarEntprise wrote:
Also android and hologram rights should only extend to sentient life forms.
That you would use this argument proves my point. Who are you to decide what meets the criteria for sentience?

AllStarEntprise wrote:
As we see in the Dominion War, Federation principles get thrown out the window for the sake of victory. Section 31 and Starfleet using the morphogenic virus, Sisko collaborating in an assassinating a Romulan to get the Romulan empire involved in the war.
Two wrongs don't make a right. The actions taken by both Sisko and Section 31 were wrong. That doesn't justify others resorting to similar behavior in the future just because it's convenient.

AllStarEntprise wrote:
It's easy to remain principled when your way of life isn't threatened. In war things degrade to an us vs them scenario and winning is all that matters.
It's precisely this type of thinking that drove the members of Section 31 to take the actions that made them so deplorable. Despite what they would have us believe, the ends do not justify the means. It is not acceptable to ignore rules and regulations when they become inconvenient, nor is it appropriate to resort to barbarism simply because another person is pointing a gun at you.

Moreover, life's problems- even extreme problems like war- aren't solved by dumping responsibility onto someone else- be it hologram, android, or computer nerds flying remote control ships equipped with smart bombs. Problems are solved when real people work toward a solution that benefits everyone involved. Such solutions are possible not in spite of a governments founding principles, but because of them. To argue that Starfleet was justified to jettisoning its moral compass for the sake of beating the Dominion is a betrayal of everything the Federation stands for.

"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again
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