The Mighty Monkey of Mim wrote:
I certainly have no problem with anyone choosing to interpret the evidence as one pleases, including deciding that the bulk of the evidence runs contrary to some of it, but it's still not factually correct to say that there's "absolutely no evidence" that Starfleet is not military.
It's a lot easier to prove that it _is_ military than to prove that it isn't, simply because proving a positive claim is easier. I think we all agree that they do a lot of exploration and research and aid, etc. But it still is the military arm of the Federation.