Why this wasn't done properly in Iraq is a serious head-scratcher, especially given that Iraq was indeed an artificial country (thanks, England!), and doubly so because of the regional culture plus pre-existing secular tensions. It would have been a long, expensive road, but it was certainly at least doable.
If the Germans had been putting IEDs under their AutoBahns for a decade after 1945, and continued to kill each other by the thousands, it's hard to imagine how we could have forced it to be the industrious, Bier drinking, techno loving paradise it is today.
Wasn't Scotty a red shirt too?
Scotty was killed in an episode, but then brought back to life.
I get the impression they were trying to make her a more major character... However she had some personal issues that got in the way.
They were going to play off the sexual tension between her and Kirk and have this simmering but never acted upon kind of thing between them. I wonder if she had remained in the series would Kirk have become the space-slut he's famous for?
It's like if someone from the 1800s wrote a science fiction story about someone from the 21st century going back to their time and expecting them to be experts with the slide rule and Morris code.
Heck, it's like someone from the 21st century being fluent in the name of things like "Morse code".
[face palm] You see how I cleverly proved my own point?
25 year old son Hey dad, do you have a watch I can borrow?
Father I have a watch in my top drawer, but the battery ran out.
22 year old son That's okay. I'm going to bar tonight, I don't need the watch to actually tell time.
Mainly because Amercians are too stupid to actually get irony.
Hey! It was a Canadian who wrote the most popular song about irony where most of her examples were more tragic or unfortunate than ironic--so the most popular song about irony isn't really about irony at all, which is really quite ironic, don't ya think? Which . . . come to think of it . . . might be what she was trying to accomplish through meta-irony! Boy this is starting to hurt my head. Maybe I am too stupid to understand irony. Oh wait, you weren't talking about Americans, you were talking about Amercians, those people from Amercia. Never mind.