I think the main issue I was arguing wasn't whether or not the Sha were dangerous, they're like fun sized Old Gods without their all encompassing mind powers. Still dangerous, but not the caliber we are used to.
The issue is that the Pandaren are a sheltered society that has no experience with war after the war for their independence won them freedom against the mogu slavers. Despite having a strong military winning them their freedom, they suddenly decide that having a large military will only bring suffering. They then decide that they only need a small police force to handle their problems while the rest live relatively carefree spoiled lives as craftsmen. Didn't that work out so well for the Pearlfin Jinyu?
The only reason they are able to live their lives without much concern for the Eldritch Abominations that exist in space and in the deep is because larger more militant nations are able to beat down these cosmic horrors as they crop up. Without these strong nations, the Pandaren would be enslaved (or worse) by the Old Gods or the Legion, because their ideologies fail to cope with the dangers in the Warcraft Universe. If all of Azeroth was like Pandaria, then it would simply have been another notch in the Legion's belt 10,000 years ago.
But apparently, no one ever explained this to the Pandaren, or perhaps that is because the Pandaren are such a poor people as a nation that there is really no point. This far into the expansion the local population of Pandaria seems to have been cut in half, at least. Between all the local deaths the Sha and Mantid have caused, compounded onto the casualties caused by the Mogu and Saurok, well, Id like to see what Blizzard's canon numbers of Pandaren alive before landfall in Jade Forest, and after Throne of Thunder. Because everywhere I look, dead pandas, dozens and dozens of dead pandas.
THATS how you spread a war is bad message. IF those deaths had been actually DIRECTLY caused by our war. Almost all of those locals died because they lacked a standing army under a unified government that could quickly respond to threats on villages and farmlands after raiders saw opportunities to strike. There is really only one example where the Faction War caused the deaths of Pandaren, and that was the Battle at Jade Serpent. If anyone had bothered to call out the factions for the Temple of the Jade Serpent where our actions cause the deaths of all but around 3 inside the temple, the locals might have some merit. But once again, its Pandaria, the locals do not care, because they dont seem to be capable of processing everything that is happening to them. But maybe that is part of their live and let live ideology idk I dont work for Blizzard.
Why is the Alliance working so hard to save this race's culture? Its not like Draenei who actually have millennia of experience with magic and the Light, or the Worgen who we kind of owe something to after they did help us when we asked in the First and Second War. The Pandaren don't have anything we would want. Well, they might have a brewery recipe that could make a dwarf salivate a river, but I dont think that constitutes devoting military research to preserve the ENTIRE culture.
Edited by Kenthil on 3/20/2013 11:57 AM PDT