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[Considering a military strike against the Klingons
] Federation President
: Suppose you precipitate a full-scale war? Colonel West
: In that case, Mr. President, we can clean their choronometers. Ambassador Nanclus
: Mr. President, they are vulnerable... there will never be another time. Admiral Cartwright
: The longer we wait, the less successful the hostages will be, sir.
: Two months ago, a Federation starship monitored an explosion on the Klingon moon, Praxis. We believe it was the result of over-mining and insufficient safety precautions. The moon's decimation means a deadly contamination of their ozone layer. They will have depleted their supply of oxygen in approximately fifty Earth years. Due to their enormous military budget the Klingons do not have the resources to combat this catastrophe. Last month, at the behest of the Vulcan ambassador, I opened a dialogue with Gorkon, Klingon chancellor of the High Council. He proposes to begin negotiations at once. Admiral Cartwright
: Negotiations for what? Captain Spock
: The dismantling of our starbases and outposts along the Neutral Zone, an end to nearly 70 years of unremitting hostility which the Klingons can no longer afford.
: I don't know whether to congratulate you or not, Jim. Commander Leonard 'Bones' McCoy, M.D.
: I wouldn't.
: Arrest those men! Captain Spock
: Arrest yourself!