Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 7, Episode 16

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges (3 Mar. 1999)

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While making plans to attend a medical conference on the Romulan home world, Dr. Bashir is contacted by Sloane of Section 31 and recruited to determine the health of a high-ranking Romulan ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Ezri Dax (as Nicole deBoer)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)
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While making plans to attend a medical conference on the Romulan home world, Dr. Bashir is contacted by Sloane of Section 31 and recruited to determine the health of a high-ranking Romulan official. Things turn more desperate, though, when the ranking Starfleet admiral traveling with him, who knows about Section 31's interest in the conference mysteriously suffers a brain aneurysm after Dr. Bashir finds out that Sloane is traveling with the group, as well. Written by Moviedude1

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The phrase "Inter arma enim silent leges" is Latin for "For among [times of] arms, the laws fall mute," although it is more popularly rendered as "In times of war, the law falls silent" (Just as Dr. Bashir explained it to Admiral Ross). This maxim was first written by Cicero in his published oration Pro Milone, although Cicero's actual wording was "Silent enim leges inter arma." At the time when Cicero used this phrase, mob violence was common. Armed gangs led by thuggish partisan leaders controlled the streets of Rome. Such leaders were nevertheless elected to high offices. See more »


In the episode's last external view of the USS Bellerophon, the designation NCC-74656 can be seen on the hull. NCC-74656 is the designation for the USS Voyager. See more »


Dr. Julian Bashir: I don't believe we've been introduced.
Koval: Koval.
Dr. Julian Bashir: Ah, it's a pleasure to meet you.
Koval: Why?
Dr. Julian Bashir: Well, you've got me there. It's just a simple form of expression, I suppose.
Koval: And like most Human expressions completely devoid of meaning.
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Bashir is a traitor
18 December 2014 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

It's another episode that makes you wonder how come has Federation managed to continue to exist despite having such opponents as Romulans or Klingons. They do not follow the same rules as The Federation and they do not fear to do what needs to be done in order to benefit their people. On the other hand in The Federation there are many Bashirs or Picards (see Pegasus episode of TNG) who have no reservations about betraying their own race.

And when you look at political correctness and multi-cultural leftist countries you will see how stupid that is. Terrorists who are fighting with the country which finances them (read: gives them money just for being in their country, which is utterly retarded) and kills the people thanks to whom they have these money exist thanks to such politics.

That's what's happening in this episode - it shows that only humans are stupid enough to betray their own kind, even though if situations were reversed it would look entirely different. Bashir has risked not only the alliance with Romulans (by telling them about assassination attempt he was planting more of distrust between Romulans and humans, and if the senator would share what she knew with the rest it could be even worse) but he also chose the life of a Tal Shyar agent over Section 31 Agent. He should have been put on trial and killed for his treachery.

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