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Ol' Rudyard
Fri, Sep 12, 2008, 7:02am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Waltz

Take up the Cardassian Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.

And so on and so forth. Whether or not Dukat is "pure evil", his attitudes provide insight into the twisted psychology of colonial paternalism. Notice how he starts by appealing to his own special brand of imperialism toward the Bajorans (kinder, gentler!), but very soon descends into a desire for outright genocide. Fact is, anyone who lords their alleged superiority ("militarily, technologically, culturally") over another in the name of benevolence will always be walking on a slippery slope. In this case, it looks like Dukat slid all the way down.
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