Spike just reshowed this episode earlier this afternoon and, much like most of S5 to S7 of DS9, it was thoroughly engaging and masterfully acted but the end, highlighted above, bothered me.
I understand (and really appreciate) that Deep Space Nine is a much darker show than The Next Generation or any of the other Treks is and that Sisko is a more human captain than any of the other four but was what he did reasonable? Can it be explained as anything other than the cold blooded attempted murder of thousands, possibly millions? He was obsessed with capturing Eddington but he went far beyond what any respectable person* would ever do in order to catch him.
Why wasn’t he court-martialed?
*Even though this was a truly despicable act, I do not dislike the character for it. Sisko is still one of my favorite characters of the entire universe.