Originally Posted by horatio
The issue in INS was not eminent domain, a conflict of interest inside of a society, it was plain theft, taking land and resources from another people. There is no ethical dilemma.
And once again we are at how much people care about the background of Trek, Federation principles and so on, and how this informs their preferences concerning single Trek stories.
Dougherty might have lied to the Council but it approved murder and theft. What INS failed at was that it did not delve into how the Federation became ready to do such things during the Dominion War, how all the soul-searching happened in the background ... yet this isn't possible for the dramatic reasons I explored above and as the Dominion War is something you can hardly use unless you wanna make a niche movie for fans.
The idea that it approved murder and theft loses all weight when the solution to the problem is for Enterprise to contact the Federation for help!
They simply have to phone home and set things right. It's a cop out.