The latest caption contest got me thinking... I was just curious as to the various opinions everyone has on what happened to Rugal in the season 2 episode Cardassians. While it's not up there with the best episodes, I enjoyed this one because it did present a moral dilemma but did so without the life and death planet/civilization level consequences. Yet these were very real consequences and life altering to the people directly involved. Certainly Sisko correctly identified that Rugal was the victim of Dukat's little scheme and that he was the villain of this. But really you could make an argument and a very convincing one, for both sides of this case. Kotran Pa'Dar certainly has every right to want his son back. I don't think anyone could deny that and he was as much of a victim of Dukat's scheming as Rugal was. Proka has an equally convincing claim to the boy having raised him as his own. Yet when you ask what's best for Rugal, the answer isn't very clear. He's been raised with Bajorian beliefs and a very clear prejudice towards Cardassians and likely has been and would be victim to that racism on Bajor. Even Ziyal would later point out that the Bajorians never fully accepted her there. Yet on the other hand it's also the only life he knows and going back to his biological father would literally be sending him away to live with strangers. Ultimately I think Sisko made the right choice, but this is a hard one to say the least. Rugal's quite literally trapped between two worlds and cultures. Picard had a similar choice with Jono and the Talarians in Suddenly Human, but chose the opposite of what Sisko did. Then again Sisko didn't have Gul Dukat threatening war over the issue either.