It wasn't the Baku or Sona's planet of origin so I don't have sympathy or like either.
In fact I barely liked the Enterprise crew in this one.
Was that the producers plan ? If so they succeeded magnificiently with me at least.
Picard was defending the right of one group of settlers to kick another group of settlers off the planet. Non-Federation citizens. I don't even think Kirk would have gotten involved.
But Picard jumped in because it seemed on the surface the Baku's leader was hot stuff. I remember the episode where he forcibly moved the Native Americans from their Spiritual home in Cardassian space. I felt a tonne more sympathy for the Native Americans.