But that's how terrorism works.
(George Washington was a terrorist against the legal rule of British Colonialism.)
Leia didn't do shit, and Tarkin still blew up Aalderan.
It doesn't matter the consequences, you keep hitting until they just give up and piss off.
besides they have to be careful about making Martyrs.
KIRA: You're really not cut out for this, are you? Being a terrorist, I mean. You're not very good at it.
KIRA: You're acting more like a Starfleet officer who's more interested in intelligence reports and Cardassian politics than in actually hurting Cardassians. You have one of the most powerful ships in this quadrant under your command. Why aren't you out attacking every Cardassian outpost along the border?
RIKER: Because these stakes here are far greater than border outposts.
KIRA: Not for the Maquis, they're not, because the Maquis are terrorists and the only thing terrorists care about is attacking the enemy. I know. I was a terrorist. And if I'd had this ship then, I would've destroyed Deep Space Nine. I would've hit the Cardassians so hard they would have screamed for peace, but I certainly wouldn't have gone flying off into the middle of Cardassia on some wild goose chase.
RIKER: I guess we're different kinds of terrorists.
KIRA: No, you're trying to be a hero. Terrorists don't get to be heroes.
RIKER: We'll see.
How many prefects have to die until no one wants the job?
My guess is 7.