SPOCK: [T]hey never knew what was killing them. Their logic would not have permitted them to believe they were being killed.
SPOCK: Vulcan has not been conquered within its collective memory. The memory goes back so far that no Vulcan can conceive of a conqueror. I knew the ship was lost because I sensed it.
KIRK: What was it you sensed?
SPOCK: The touch of death.
KIRK: And what do you think they felt?
How many Americans will be astonished at the collapse of everything they believed to true? And of those, how many will survive?