Is it truly considered cowardice to make the decision to tactically retreat against a superior enemy? The Borg were in a position to completely overrun the Enterprise, and Worf would've done far more good alive and able to fight again another day, than as a Borg drone... or just dead. It takes just as much strength to realize you're outmatched and to withdraw as it does to stand and fight... and in this case, standing and fighting wouldn't be courageous... it would be foolhardiness.Worf knew that the crew didn't follow Klingon values so his recommendation is based on being a Starfleet officer instead of acting as just a Klingon warrior. Also the fact that the borg would be destroyed would be more than enough to compensate for escaping the Enterprise as is would be seen as a victory over a vastly superior enemy. Tactics are as important for Klingons as brute strength.Just because he's one of main characters, that's why, :DDD just a joke, in battle its not smart to go in certain death for no cause without causing no big casualties or achieving bigger and important goal, so sacrifice would be somehow ok, otherwise its stupid! - ex- army officer in infantry and a Star trek fanthe borg dont defeat you, you become their bitch for all eternity
One does wonder about Worf's attitude toward the fact that Picard has on multiple occasions ordered Worf to abandon his Klingon nature. Even though intellectually he finds these rationales cognizable, I would think he would have issues as to taking a lot of shit from other Klingons over it ProfessorTrek 14:18, August 15, 2011 (UTC)
I think the idea that Klingons don't have fear or retreat and such is really just more attitude than anything. I mean lets think about human culture, murder is supposed to be taboo but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
Klingons retreat when it is necessary. It happened several times in DS9. As I recall, Martok and Worf's forces fled from a Jem'Hadar patrol after an attack (and Kor remained to buy them time to escape). More to the point, Kahless said "Destroying an Empire to win a war is no victory. And ending a battle to save an Empire is no defeat." (DS9) In other words, there were more important things at stake than personal honor through a glorious death in battle, and Worf (unlike Picard at the time) was able to put aside his personal feelings for what he wanted in favor of what Earth/The Federation needed.
Klingons don't value just pain old fighting and dying, they value honour. There is no honour to be gained in fighting a losing battle when you can return again later (that's been said in DS9 and at least once in Voyager), Klingons would rather retreat to fight again under honourable circumstances, or die if the situation warrants it. In the case of First Contact, staying to fight the borg just to protect a ship - in the process of doing so, killing all your comrades-in-arms, is not an honourable thing to do.