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Old July 27 2013, 09:05 PM   #47
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Re: Is the UFP's expansion at odds with its own ideals?

"Redemption" is a particularly bad example of your point...staying out of another planet's civil war is a very sensible example of the Prime Directive at work...and while observing the letter of the PD, Picard took shrewd, proactive measures to keep the Romulans from aiding the Duras side.

Letting species die is the extreme example...clearly interpretation of the PD became much stricter somewhere between centuries, as in Kirk's time, it didn't seem to be a violation to save an inhabited planet from a natural catastrophe if you didn't reveal your presence to the natives ("The Immunity Syndrome", what they were trying to do before things went awry).
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