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Can anyone please give a link to the Word of God confirming that Section 31 are Necessary Evil? Only thing found was Ira Steven Behr (their creator) saying: "Why is Earth a paradise in the twenty-fourth century? Well, maybe it's because there's someone watching over it and doing the nasty stuff that no one wants to think about. Of course it's a very complicated issue. Extremely complicated. And those kinds of covert operations usually are wrong!"
The way it is phrased and the fact he was talking specificaly about how he got the idea, I find it rather dubious.
I don\'t see how it\'s dubious, he plainly says Earth is a paradise because of the \"nasty stuff\". He\'s further quoted saying this:
\"We need to dig deeper and find out what, indeed, life is like in the twenty-fourth century. Is it this paradise, or are there, as Harold Pinter said, \'Weasels under the coffee table.\'\"
\"Well, without a doubt, the thing I wish we could have used more of was Section 31. We came into that late in the game, and I mean, if we had had an eighth season\"
It\'s also weird you leave out that he was more or less that head guy on this series. You don\'t have to like it or agree with him, but his words are clear. He does not think the Utopia Roddenbery painted is remotely viable, and that it needs protectors who are willing to ignore it\'s principles.
You don\'t even have to look at Section 31 itself to know this, the episode \"In the Pale Moonlight\" is another example of this very mindset. Sisko turns into a borderline Sloan in that episode, and then there\'s Garak, who if anything makes Sloan look nice by comparison.
Even Sloan\'s later defeat was little more than an Excuse Plot to avoid having to kill off Odo.
Yes, Silaran's words have weight. Which is why Kira is obviously shaked at what happened at the end of the episode. Unfortunate Implications and Strawman Has a Point would be if the writers didn't intend him to have a point, when they obviously do. This makes this more Grey and Grey Morality, Black and Grey Morality, or Jerkass Has a Point, not anything with a YMMV tag, and I have placed it in JHAP.
I removed an entry with a link to Wall Banger (Wall Banger is supposed to only be referenced on Darth Wiki). The example might be fine if it is reworded to remove the Wall Banger link, so I'm moving it here in case anyone wants to reword and restore it:
"It also edges into Wall Banger territory for those who grew up on Star Trek The Next Generation and suffered through the brief and relatively unimpressive fight scene in Star Trek Generations, where the Enterprise-D was destroyed, when we see that the Galaxy class can KICK. ASS. when it is given the chance."
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