It's not about the status quo. It's about natural development. Janeway was willing to give the Kazon the Array. It was all there's so long as she could use it first. The Kazon told her to suck it, and started a fight. The self destruct probably would have worked, but the Kazon are sneaky, and if all they do is piracy and salvage, then all they do is counter and defeat self destruct devices, then all they got to do is out wit an old dude who can't remember if he is a man or a woman. Maybe he's special and can frakk either gender (Harry and B'Elanna) to make a baby, or maybe he forgot which type of hole his space genitals were supposed to go into to make a baby Caretaker. The Caretaker is dumb. He said that he turned on the self destruct, but it could have been a cigarette vending machine.