The Federation Supported Military Adventurism Before They Opposed it

Posted: March 19, 2013 by Crispin Burke in Uncategorized

March 19, 2013 marks the International Hindsight Day–a day in which Internet pundits sit back, reflect, and inform the world that they were against the Iraq War the whole time.  Unfortunately, news articles from 2003 paint a far different picture–one in which the war enjoyed far greater popular support. 

Of course, it’s not the first time pundits have distanced themselves from ill-fated military adventurism.  Gene Rodenberry supported the Vietnam War through an allegorical proxy war with the Klingons in a Star Trek episode which aired in February 1968.  Kirk’s insistence that the Federation continue to arm a primitive race with weaponry reflects what many felt was a need to keep the Communists in check in Southeast Asia.  Or “staying the course” as we’d say these days.

Of course, no one remembers being for escalating the Vietnam War.

  1. Michael says:

    A lot of people criticize Star Trek for the iffy track-record of Prime Direction following. Seems to me, though, that that very iffyness is part of its strength. It’s easy to say No Interference, but Kirk and his superiors wouldn’t be human if they weren’t torn by the prospect of a primitive society getting wiped out through no fault of its own (ST:ID among others) or letting a deadly enemy get away with its own interference (the above example).

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