Cardassia: Let’s Declare Occupation Amnesty
We need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about the Occupation of Bajor.
Cardassia Prime – Since the withdrawal of the Cardassian military forces from Bajor after 50 years of occupation, it has become increasingly apparent that the occupation has impacted negatively on the planet and the people.
“Certain occupation policies and actions were misguided,” said Gul Dukat who was the Cardassian prefect of Bajor at the time of withdrawal. “Maybe some labor camps were too harsh and too many Bajoran workers died. But the thing is: We didn’t know.”
The Cardassian Union insists any misstep during the occupation wasn’t nefarious. It was the result of uncertainty.
“Obviously, there was much misinformation, usually from the Bajorans,” said Dukat. “They’re always complaining about how bad the conditions were in the camps. We did provide food and blankets, we meant well.”
Given the amount of violence during the occupation, the situation was often unclear and someone was bound to be killed eventually.
“So what if we starved them in the camps or shot them in the field? It was never an easy choice,” said Dukat. “And those Bajoran terrorists killed their own too while trying to kill our soldiers—I mean, sometimes, we didn’t even know who blew up who.”
The Bajorans may want to gloat now but all this gloating and mutual accusations gobble up a lot of social energy, especially on the subspace comms. As much as Cardassians love conversation, these discussions are just unpleasant. The occupation wasn’t a moral failing. We were all unlucky.
We have to put these arguments aside and declare an occupation amnesty. We can leave out the murdering, pillaging and taking of Bajoran women as mistresses while forgiving the hard calls that people had no choice but to make with imperfect knowledge.
The Cardassian Union is open to the Federation to act as a mediator in any future discussion. Gul Dukat indicated that he has invited the Dominion to act in that capacity also.
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