Date: 31 May 2013 17:31 Title: Chapter 22
You touched upon something which I think the Federation is slowly travelling above; the paranoid road to a totalitarian state. You are absolutely right that the Starfleet top brass are spooked by the war, and you are also correct in the observation that Starfleet was too defensive at times which occasionally gave an unnecessary and unwarranted advantage to the Dominion. Zife's actions and this desire to be seen in committing decisive action seems like a logical consequence of a paranoid Starfleet (at the top levels).
It is also classic of the problem reaction solution principle which is so prevalent in today's world and in most of the past. Section 31 has created the problem of a omega bomb going off and made Tezwa the area of suspicion. The reaction is -- now under the assumption of more omega bombs -- to invade the Tezwa starsystem and the solution is to secure its resources and also a vital strategic position from both the Romulans and the Klingons.
No matter what Section 31 has done to protect the Federation, it has now become this cancer and Starfleet is starting to break its own Prime Directive and rules because of it.
Aside from the puzzle and all of its pieces thrown into various chapters, this new development of the Starfleet invasion of Tezwa takes this story to a whole new dimension now that you are questioning the moral basis of Starfleet and the Federation!
This has been quite the journey!