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Old July 7 2013, 02:09 AM   #135
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Re: Star Trek morality test - best and worst episodes

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Amusing to learn that there are possibly realpolitik reasons for not blinding jumping to everyone's aid?

slippery slope arguments are not realpolitik. Just because a humanitarian intervention is doable in one scenario(because of population size, resources, etc.) doesn't mean that the Federation would somehow be forced to intervene throughout the galaxy.
It would set a precedent, and once those are established you've opened up a whole new can of worms you were better off leaving unopened.
I'd say your concern is unwarranted, since we saw the Federation engage in saving species from time-to-time and it didn't become a full-time job.
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