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Old June 28 2013, 05:34 AM   #43
Charles Phipps
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Re: Star Trek morality test - best and worst episodes

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Starfleet saying Picard was wrong doesn't make it wrong. Picard did the right thing in not making a snap judgement to commit genocide.
Starfleet says that Picard was strategically wrong, not morally wrong. In contemporary foreign policy, national interest is separate from and superior to personal morality. Arguably, national interest is beholden to a higher standard in the ST universe, but there are still things governments will do that individuals cannot. Indeed, that was part of the moral test that was being explored by I, Borg.
I'd argue the opposite. Strategically, if this doesn't work, the Borg now know you're attempting genocide against them. All that protects the Alpha Quadrant is the Borg's semi-disinterest.
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