I made a Trek and Terrorism Thread in the General Discussion section http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=252412 I think the showrunners on DS9 used the IRA (Iris Republic Army) and the retaliation of the Jews in 1943 against the Nazi (Warsaw Ghetto Uprising being the most infamous) as their inspiration for the Bajoran terrorists. From a story standpoint, it's the David vs Goliath trope in action. Where people will cheer for the underdog. The Bajorans are empathetic because of 50 years of occupation and murder their people have suffered. On DS9 there is no "mea culpa" though. Kira doesn't feel any remorse of sympathy for any of the lives she took. IMO: Where the sheering of ideologies about Kira's mentality/DS9's stance on terrorism and we the audience's interpreation of terrorism portrayed in the media comes from how we view terrorism is in the real world. You have: ISIL/ISIS in Iraq cutting off heads, killing civilians blowing up buildings, targeting non-Muslims for death if they do not convert. Hamas in Gaza and the kidnap and murder of 3 Israeli teens. Followed by thousands of rockets being fired in to Israel. As well as every ceasefire period being broken by Hamas when they fire more rockets. The Russian Separatists in Ukraine blowing civilian airplanes out of the sky and boasting about it on social media. Boko Haram kidnapping girls and women and forcing them to convert to Islam before selling them into slavery. The Taliban in Afghanistan blowing up buildings, bombing roads and harming civilians (throwing acid in women and girl's faces, shooting children, executing teachers etc) Al Queda insurgents in Iraq pre-ISIS/ISIL doing the same thing mentioned above. The 9/11 attacks in the US. The Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh. The London subway bombing in 2005 by Islamic extremists. The 1995 subway gas attack in Japan. The murder of the 1972 Israel Olympic Team by Palestian Terrorists in Munich Germany. The Highjacking of a French airplane in 1994. The list goes on. These acts of terrorism are vile and reprehensible. No one condones them and no one defends them. Our interpretation of what it means to be a terrorist is skewed so that we see it as bad and evil all the time. When DS9, TNG (The High Ground), and BSG (during the New Caprica occupation) frame terrorism as an effective tool/ a means to an end.