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  Captian James T. Kirk on War
 A Taste of Armageddon - Stardate: 3192.1
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James T Kirk in "A Taste of Armageddon1"
Stardate: 3192.1 - Original Airdate: Feb 23, 1967

[Council Room]

SCOTT: You have that long to surrender your hostages. 
ANAN: What can I do? Somebody, please tell me. 
(Kirk lures a guard to him, knocks him down, gets his weapon and holds off the others.) 
KIRK: Hold it! Over there. You, over there. Move, move, move. 
(Everyone goes over against a wall, while Kirk gets a second weapon and stands by the council table.) 
KIRK: Now we'll talk. 
(Spock and Fox enter.) 
SPOCK: I had assumed you needed help. I see I'm in error. 
KIRK: No. I need the help. In there, Mister Spock. 
(Spock enters the War Room) 
KIRK: Kirk to Enterprise. Come in, Scotty. 
SCOTT [OC]: Aye, Captain, are you all right? 
KIRK: Everything's secure here. Maintain position. If everything goes according to plan, you can beam us up in ten minutes. If you don't hear from us, carry out General Order Twenty Four on schedule. 
SCOTT [OC]: Aye, aye, Captain. Is there anything else we can do? 
KIRK: Cross your fingers. Kirk out. Death, destruction, disease, horror. That's what war is all about, Anan. That's what makes it a thing to be avoided. You've made it neat and painless. So neat and painless, you've had no reason to stop it. And you've had it for five hundred years. Since it seems to be the only way I can save my crew and my ship, I'm going to end it for you, one way or another. Mister Ambassador. 
FOX: Yes, Captain. 
KIRK: Would you mind taking these people out into the corridor and holding them there. 
FOX: Gentlemen, if you please. 
KIRK: (to Sar) You. Come with me. Mister Osborne.

[War Room]

KIRK: Our communicators, weapons. 
(Sar opens a cupboard and Osborne gets them.) 
KIRK: All right, Mister Spock. SPOCK: These are the attack computers, Captain. That one's defence, that one computes the casualties. They're all tied in with a subspace transmission unit, which keeps them in constant contact with their Vendikan counterparts. 
KIRK: Yes, go on. 
SPOCK: At the moment contact is broken, it abrogates the agreement between the two warring parties. 
SAR: What are you going to do? 
SPOCK: This one's the key. The circuit is now locked. Destroy this one, and they'll all go. 
KIRK: Good. Get him out of here. 
SAR: Now wait a minute. Please, please! 
(Kirk uses his phaser to destroy the computer.) 
KIRK: Let's go.


KIRK: Against the wall! 
(There is a very satisfying series of explosions.) 
ANAN: You realise what you have done? 
KIRK: Yes, I do. I've given you back the horrors of war. The Vendikans now assume that you've broken your agreement and that you're preparing to wage real war with real weapons. They'll want do the same. Only the next attack they launch will do a lot more than count up numbers in a computer. They'll destroy cities, devastate your planet. You of course will want to retaliate. If I were you, I'd start making bombs. Yes, Councilman, you have a real war on your hands. You can either wage it with real weapons, or you might consider an alternative. Put an end to it. Make peace. 
ANAN: There can be no peace. Don't you see? We've admitted it to ourselves. We're a killer species. It's instinctive. It's the same with you. Your General Order Twenty Four. 
KIRK: All right. It's instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands, but we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers, but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes. Knowing that we won't kill today. Contact Vendikar. I think you'll find that they're just as terrified, appalled, horrified as you are, that they'll do anything to avoid the alternative I've given you. Peace or utter destruction. It's up to you. 
FOX: As a third party interested only in peace and the establishment of normal relations, I should be glad to offer my services as negotiator between you and Vendikar. I've had some small experiences in such matters. 
ANAN: There may be a chance. We have a direct channel with Vendikar's High Council. It hasn't been used in centuries. 
FOX: Then it's long overdue. Shall we go? 
(Anan and Fox leave.) 
SPOCK: There's a chance it may work, Captain. 
KIRK: Kirk to Enterprise. Scotty? 
SCOTT [OC]: Scott here, Captain. 
KIRK: Cancel implementation of General Order Twenty Four. Alert transporter room. We're ready to beam up.

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