Why destroy Orgrimmar? From an Alliance perspective, here are several reasons:
- It is named after a war criminal. Orgrim Doomhammer, the Warchief of the Horde during the Second War, presided over the destruction of Stormwind and the murder of King Llane Wrynn at the hands of the assassin Garona. He approved the rape, torture and forced breeding of the Dragonqueen Alexstrasza so that her offspring could be enslaved and used as weapons of war. He led the invasion of human lands and the murder of countless innocents who had neither committed any aggression towards him nor even heard of him or his people. Upon his head lies the responsibility of the Second War.
- It is in a desert. The orcish people have proved they resent living in a desert, despite the fact that they themselves settled here - this resentment has led them to attempt successful violent expansion throughout Kalimdor. Allowing Orgrimmar to stand will only create further resentment on the part of the orcs, who are still a potent militaristic culture and who in a decade from the end of the Third War built themselves into the military force under Hellscream that threatened the entire world.
- It is a symbol of resurgent Horde power. The fel iron walls of Orgrimmar symbolized the Horde as an engine of conquest. The city is a fortress that was only breached by the combined might of the Alliance and a substantial portion of the Horde itself joined forces to assail it. Leaving such a fortress intact is tactically unwise - the Alliance is unlikely to have the support of much of the Horde if it ever needs to breach the city again.
- Following the overthrow of Hellscream, what has the Horde actually lost for their participation in his madness? If the Horde is allowed to progress forward without any significant costs to the expansionist policy Hellscream mandated and which they willingly participated in, what message is the Alliance sending? "It's okay to murder our citizens and steal our territories"? Neither Thrall nor new Warchief Vol'jin have offered a single concession or reparation for what the Horde did under Hellscream, and this despite the fact that Thrall appointed Hellscream.
As we can see, the destruction of Orgrimmar would have several positive results. It would remove a memorial to a war criminal, it would force the orcs to relocate - since the Alliance has chosen to abandon Azshara, which is a relatively fertile land in comparison to Durotar's deserts, might we suggest they move directly north? There should be enough room to settle the orcs in Azshara's greener pastures. If they don't wish to do so, then they can be dispersed throughout the rest of the Horde's territories in Kalimdor. They've stolen huge chunks of land, land that the Alliance seems unwilling to take from them - let them live dispersed throughout it. Perhaps a generation of diaspora learning how to actually farm
would curb some of their aggressive instincts (although this writer doubts it).
It would destroy the monument to Horde aggression and deny it a fortress capable of holding off the military power of the Alliance, and it would send a clear message to the Horde that unchecked aggression actually has costs
and that these costs extend to everyone
, not just the man at the top of the heap. Yes, Hellscream bears responsibility for all that he's done. But he couldn't have done
any of it if the Horde hadn't supported him. By himself, he was just one extremely bellicose orc. The orcish tendency (seemingly shared by the trolls and tauren, as well as the forsaken) to create cults of personality and follow them wherever they lead has time and again led to conflict, and allowing Orgrimmar to continue to exist supports this tendency.
In fact, we need not only destroy Orgrimmar
, but it would be in our best interests to destroy the position of Warchief
as well. The Horde has proved itself to be very likely to follow a charismatic leader towards whatever ends said leader proposes.
Blackhand the Destroyer led the orcs to Azeroth. Imagine - he convinced nearly his entire race to travel to an alien world and make war upon people they had no reason to hate solely on his word that there would be a profit in doing so. Orgrim Doomhammer, even Thrall kept up this cult of personality - Thrall motivated the bedraggled survivors of the Second War so thoroughly that they went from listless, lifeless captives in large internment camps to a highly motivated army, and he led them in a raid on Theramore's naval fleet, stealing ships in order to take them all to a continent none of them had ever seen or heard of. They followed him without hesitation, even when he decided to settle in a desert that would provide very little resources without years of laborious effort and an understanding of agriculture they did not possess
. Worse, the allies they made in Kalimdor were nomads who themselves
also don't spend any time farming. Clearly, it's not just Hellscream that the Horde will follow blindly.
We have little information on Vol'jin as a leader, but it's fair to say that his Darkspear Trolls also follow him with a similar blind loyalty, and with Thrall's backing it is likely the orcs will fall in line behind him. Do we need another cult of personality at the top of the Horde? Wouldn't it serve our interests better to keep them divided? The removal of the Warchief position is our top priority
. It's more important than even destroying Orgrimmar. The destruction of the city would have several benefits, but they all pale before the benefit of keeping the Horde too busy squabbling among themselves to offer violence to anyone else. The careful cultivation of a council of leaders would serve to keep tensions high, and the politics of a developing system of this kind would pit rivals like Lor'thmar Theron and Sylvanas directly against each other, which would in turn make our own work in Gilneas easier.
It is this analyst's considered opinion that under no circumstances can we allow the Horde to retain a Warchief, and furthermore, Orgrimmar must be destroyed.
(Writer's note - have at it, commenters.)
(Second writer's note - just a brief suggestion, but there's an essay by Jonathan Swift called "A Modest Proposal" - consider that essay's aims, and then this post again.)
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