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11-04-2010 @ 12:30PM
The way I see Stratholme is that it was Uther's one big failure in life. Had Uther supported arthas' decision (which really was the best of a lot of bad choices), he may have been able to contain arthas' anger and prevented him from becoming the vindictive, evil person he eventually became.What Arthas did is no different than what heroes in movies do to save people from becoming zombies of their own. Examples would include Picard killing his own crew member after being infected by Borg nano probes in First Contact, and Mal killing that hanger on before Reavers could change him in Serenity. They are merciful acts to spare people the pain and torture of an unholy existence. In both of those movies, other characters question the wisdom of killing someone instead of trying to save them. In both cases, the captain was right, and made the tough decision to go through with it.In the end, Uther failed not just Arthas, but all of Lordaeron and Azeroth with his decision to contradict Arthas at Stratholme. He was a great paladin that made a terrible mistake by being not supporting that very difficult decision.
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