Sevumar, on 18 May 2012 - 10:26 PM, said:
But... but the dragons will be greeted as liberators. In all seriousness, I could see the Iron Bank possibly considering throwing money at her to stay in Meereen and try to stabilize the situation. I don't think she'd ever make a pledge to give up her campaign for the throne of Westeros, but it would make the politics a little more interesting.
Yea- this is something I'd wondered about as well, and I've seen a lot of arguments about how it can swing both ways- Braavosi hating dragons as oppression machines, but Dany using them for liberation.
I'm going to go on a limb here and say that the Braavosi won't back Dany despite what it seems like her intentions are in using them. Keep in mind that they would be well aware that dragons are exactly how the Valyrians were able to overthrow ancient Ghiscari rule and enslavement, and exactly how those libration vehicles were used subsequently to enslave others. It's telling to me that the Braavosi liberated themselves not by subverting the Valyrian's power through stealing the dragons or matching force with force, but basically fleeing and founding a new civilization founded on the premise of freedom (so the oppressed took pains to not become the oppressors, used tactics that were defensive rather than offensive).
I've also seen theories that speculate the Braavosi might have been behind the Doom 400 years after they fled, and if this is the case, I could see this supporting the fact that they are against dragon-force for all purposes- they could have stolen dragons for supposedly defensive ends, but instead destroy them so that no one can use such dangerous weapons for good or bad.
I think the fact that a lot of business options would be closed to her after the Unsullied incident is why I disapprove of the way she handled that. For me at least, it's not about moral outrage in the tactic or going back on a promise as a moral imperative, but in that it was a useful tactic but bad for long-term strategy. Who would reasonably engage in future transactions with someone who proved that she is untrustworthy and willing to use force/ trickery to get out of paying debts? This incident has some good-- no more Unsullied will be produced in terribly inhumane conditions, she stood up to the reprehensible slavers, it won her an army-- but there are some serious practical setback it caused.
Edited by butterbumps!, 19 May 2012 - 01:48 AM.