Originally Posted by kevin
Normally henchmen/crew are taken for granted in that respect and I see no compelling case to act differently in the Narada's example really.
Again, if we're making assumptions, innocent until proven guilty springs to mind. Even making assumptions that the henchmen are fully culpable is swimming against the tide of Federation idealism.
This also highlights the difference between fighting a vessel that remains a threat and attacking a sinking ship. Of course the henchmen are going to die during a battle but it was the Nazis, once they started losing the WWII, that ordered their ships to leave enemy combatants to die in the water. That just doesn't seem to be in the spirit of what the Federation stands for.