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lang thompson <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 3 Sep 1996 05:24:38 GMT
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To take the topic to a ludicrous extreme, there's an episode of Star
Trek: The Next Generation where a Klingon ship comes out of suspended
animation, convinced that the hostilities are still on, and determined
to destroy the targeted Federation outpost.  The crux of the story is
Picard trying to find a non-violent solution though absolutely
everybody else--Klingon as well--believes the Klingon ship should be
destroyed.  You can draw your own parallels between Klingons and
(And for the politically minded among you, this episode is one of the
best illustrations of my thesis that STTNG is primarily a series about
the proper exercise of authority.  To resolve the problem requires some
actual reordering of the Enterprise's command--i'm trying not to give
away anything--when it would be far simpler and no less "moral" to not
do so.)
Lang Thompson
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