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Old June 28 2013, 08:35 AM   #31
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Re: Why didn't the Federation simply mine the wormhole after the Searc

Whether or not you like it, the Federation has a different value system than we do.

They believe in exploration, and they believe in diplomacy, and they believe in the sovereign rights of foreign cultures.

So they're not gonna stop exploring the Gamma Quadrant because it might be dangerous. And they're not gonna stop trying to reach out the hand of peace to the Dominion unless war becomes truly inevitable (and really, even not then). And they're not gonna violate Bajoran sovereignty by mining the Bajorans' wormhole without permission.

The war was the price the Federation paid for its commitment to its principles.

The Federation won the war.

I'd say it was worth the cost.
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Old June 28 2013, 09:03 AM   #32
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Re: Why didn't the Federation simply mine the wormhole after the Searc

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What would happen if France thought they were going to be attacked by Russia, so to prevent it they just drove into Germany and planted landmines? Would the French be able to just say "screw the Germans"?
Well said. And who's to say that France placing mines in Germany wouldn't provoke a strike by the Russians before the field was finished? Even defensive measures can provoke an attack. It's foolhardy to risk an all-out war by taking an action that may not even be necessary.

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The other issue is, a lot of Trek governments simply don't trust each other.

The Romulans or Cardassians, perhaps even the Klingons, and DEFINITELY the Ferengi, may believe that planting a minefield was simply a ruse for the Federation to hog the resources of the Gamma Quadrant all to themselves.

Hell, it probably took all of the Federation's powers of persuasion to prevent Gowron from launching a grand invasion of the Gamma Quadrant to avenge the blood of the Klingons killed by the Dominion's actions in The Jem'Hadar episode!
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Old June 28 2013, 02:24 PM   #33
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Re: Why didn't the Federation simply mine the wormhole after the Searc

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Whether or not you like it, the Federation has a different value system than we do.

They believe in exploration, and they believe in diplomacy, and they believe in the sovereign rights of foreign cultures.
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The war was the price the Federation paid for its commitment to its principles.

The Federation won the war.

I'd say it was worth the cost.
Relativism here, relativism there, Sci.
In our objective universe, some value systems/behavious are ranging from naive to suicidal.

And S31's actions were, as surprisingly presented in DS9, a sine-qua-non condition for ending the war. Unlike the federation values.
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Old June 29 2013, 10:02 PM   #34
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Re: Why didn't the Federation simply mine the wormhole after the Searc

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Whether or not you like it, the Federation has a different value system than we do.

They believe in exploration, and they believe in diplomacy, and they believe in the sovereign rights of foreign cultures.

So they're not gonna stop exploring the Gamma Quadrant because it might be dangerous. And they're not gonna stop trying to reach out the hand of peace to the Dominion unless war becomes truly inevitable (and really, even not then). And they're not gonna violate Bajoran sovereignty by mining the Bajorans' wormhole without permission.

The war was the price the Federation paid for its commitment to its principles.

The Federation won the war.

I'd say it was worth the cost.
This is exactly it. There are any number of conflicts that could have been prevented if the Federation was more paranoid, more militant, more isolationist, or more whatever, but then the show wouldn't be anywhere near as interesting.
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Old June 30 2013, 01:04 AM   #35
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Re: Why didn't the Federation simply mine the wormhole after the Searc

They didn't mine the wormhole after The Search because Rom hadn't invented them yet.

In fact, he only came up with the idea in the same episode they were deployed.

Also, sociopolitical stuff I guess.
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Old June 30 2013, 04:12 PM   #36
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Re: Why didn't the Federation simply mine the wormhole after the Searc

^Rom also wasn't working as an engineer until the middle of the fourth season, so he couldn't have helped anway.

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