“I know you. I was like you once, but then I opened my eyes. Open your eyes, Captain. Why is the Federation so obsessed with the Maquis? We’ve never harmed you. And yet we’re constantly arrested and charged with terrorism. Starships chase us through the Badlands and our supporters are harassed and ridiculed. Why? Because we’ve left the Federation - and that’s the one thing you can’t accept. Nobody leaves paradise. Everyone should want to be in the Federation. Hell, you even want the Cardassians to join. You’re only sending them replicators because one day they can take their “rightful place” on the Federation Council. You know, in some ways you’re even worse than the Borg. At least they tell you about their plans for assimilation. You’re more insidious. You assimilate people and they don’t even know it.” — Michael Eddington
DS9 4.22 For the Cause
This is why I find DS9 so interesting - the show doesn’t shy away from offering critiques of the Federation from the “outsider” point of view. Agree or disagree with Eddington and his motives, this is nevertheless a great monologue. And I love how Sisko’s response, though delivered with righteous gusto, doesn’t really manage to refute what Eddington says.