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August 06, 2007
The Daily Quote- August 6th, 2007

Tonight decided to go with something from Star Trek- Deep Space Nine, my personal favorite Star Trek show.

'Flashback to what happened as Sisko is inputting his log into the computer'

Elim Garak: If you can let your anger subside for a moment, Captain, you will see that they did not die in vain! The Romulans will join the war!

Captain Benjamin Sisko: There's no guarantee of that!

Elim Garak: Oh, but I think there is. You see. When the Tal Shiar finishes examining the wreckage of Vreenak's shuttle, they'll find the burnt remnants of a Cardassian optolithic data rod that somehow miraculously survived the explosion. After painstaking forensic examination, they'll discover that the rod contains a recording of a high level Dominion meeting at which the invasion of Romulus was being planned.

Captain Benjamin Sisko: And then they will discover that it is a fraud!

Elim Garak: No, I don't think they will! Because any imperfections in the forgery will be seen as a result of the explosion! So, with a seemingly legitimate rod in one hand, and a dead senator in the other, I ask you Captain, what conclusions would you draw?

Captain Benjamin Sisko: [sighs] That Vreenak obtained the rod on Zukara, and that the Dominion killed him to prevent him from returning to Romulus with it.

Elim Garak: Precisely. And the more they deny it, the more the Romulans will think that they are guilty because it is exactly what they would have done in their place. [pauses] That's why you came to me. Isn't it, Captain? Because you knew I could do those things that you weren't capable of doing. Well, it worked. And you'll get what you want: a war between the Romulans and the Dominion. And if your conscience is bothering you, you should soothe it with the knowledge that you may have just saved the entire Alpha Quadrant. And all it cost was the life of one Romulan senator, one criminal, and the self-respect of one Starfleet officer. I don't know about you, but I'd call that a bargain.

'later, showing Sisko sitting, finishing inputting his personal log audibly'

Captain Benjamin Sisko: At 0800 Hours station time, the Romulan Empire formally declared war on the Dominion. They have already struck fifteen bases along the Cardassian border. So this is a huge victory for the good guys! This may even be the turning point of the entire war. There is even a 'Welcome to the Fight' party tonight in the ward room. So... I lied; I cheated; I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men; I am an accessory to murder. But the most damning thing of all is... I think I can live with it. And if I'd have to do it all over again... I would. Garak was right about one thing...a guilty conscience is a small price to pay for the safety of the Alpha Quadrant. So I will learn to live with it...because I can live with it. [pauses] I can live with it. [pauses] Computer, erase that entire personal log.

-- godofchaos

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