Re: Robert Sawyer goes off on "Return of the Archons"
At certain times evidently the PD can be waived---a notable example would be regarding Organia.
I guess the thinking would be that it's better to interfere and try to protect them than to leave them to the mercy of the Klingons who will most definitely destroy their culture.
There are times when the Prime Directive has to give way to the reality of a situation.
"If I hadn't tried, the cost would have been my soul." - Admiral James T. Kirk, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock