I think Garak might not have been that critical since he was a nationalist. How many Americans or Canadians deride the occupation of Afghanistan, where thousands of innocent civilians have died -- often in "collateral damage".
Huge numbers, actually.
Supposedly huge numbers but not enough or not with enough intensity to change the political discourse.
I know that both the Liberal and Conservative parties in Canada supported an occupation that has led to many innocents getting killed, but you don't hear about it on Canada's national news; I hear it on US news like Bill Moyers.