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Uploaded on Dec 13, 2009
From Season 1, "Symbiosis". Picard outlines the importance of the Prime Directive, and how careful non-intervention in certain conflicts can prevent more harm than would otherwise be caused through direct intervention. The doctor provides the foil, advocating for an active role in confronting a moral dilemma. Ultimately, the episode is a plea and a warning: societies with long, intertwined histories may fare better in the long-term by working out their own problems manifest through self determination.
Iraq and Afghanistan is a poignant example. While a U.S. withdrawal will be painful for all parties in the short term, in the long term, it is the best decision for all of the parties, for no other reason than that numerous examples in history, garnered at great cost, have shown this to be true.