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Much has been written and is still being written in this forum about the awesome power of the European colonialists.  Whilst this accolade seems a little one-sided and the results of possible gelastic seizure or carphology, the dedication of the posters has to be admired.  After all it takes great dexterity and skill to find the appropriately balanced articles and then cut and paste them.

It would seem a little unfair that the Asian side of the world is missing out on the tribute and therefore I thought it might be a good idea to remember the awesome might of the largest contiguous empire the world has ever seen.  That specific empire would be that of the Mongols (no not mongrels) who held sway from Hungary through to Korea from 1209 – 1368.

Gosh, I am tired after writing all that. So to avoid any further possible anfractuosity, it is time for the cut and paste.

When Genghis Khan attempts the conquest of the world (1209), the Mongol population numbers between 400 000 and 600 000 inhabitants, among which 200 000 are warriors. Together, all the countries targeted for conquest can muster a global population of more than 200 million inhabitants (which is then 400 times the total number of inhabitants in Mongolia). The Mongols are a tiny minority and their army is almost always outnumbered when facing the various enemies on countless battlefields.

The fact that their enemies are much more numerous triggers an inferiority complex among the Mongols, and the panic fear that their armies may be drowned some day in the multitude of the conquered populations. The only solution to make these conquered populations less dangerous would be to decrease their numbers; and the only way to achieve that would be to massacre an important part of each of them.

Northern China (Kin) with more than 50 million inhabitants and especially the Khwarezm Empire that includes perhaps as many as 100 millions are dangerous countries for the Mongols by the mere size of their population. In fifteen years, there will be 18 million killed in Tibet (Si-Hia) and in the Kin empire (Northern China). The Western campaign will result in 15 million dead in Muslim countries. On the whole, 35 to 40 million people will be exterminated during Genghis Khan's lifetime. If we add to this the subsequent conquests made by his successors (in particular the conquest of Southern China (the Sungs) by Kublai Khan) and by non-Genghiskhanid Mongols like Tamerlane (Timur), the foundation of the Mongol empire will have cost the lives of 60 to 100 million people.

Genghis Khan's principle was that every man who submits to his rule will be spared, but anyone who should refuse and oppose him by force of arms or dissension will be annihilated. In the same manner, he has all cities that resisted him transformed into a pile of rubble. Rich provinces are turned into deserts when strong possibilities of rebellion are detected. All these cruelties have a purpose: military necessity, retaliation, and terrorization. Human life has no special value for him, and he destroys it like we exterminate rats when they become harmful or even a mere nuisance, as a matter of course and the logical thing to do.

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The first massacre worth reporting is no doubt the slaughter of the Tatar people! All males taller than the axle of a wagon are put to death. The rest is reduced to slavery. This extermination of the male population of the Tatar country is carried out very systematically, in Mongol fashion.

As a Khan's principle, it was custom to spare the lives of people that could prove useful: scientists, artists, technicians. Sometimes, women and children were also spared, then to be reduced to slavery.

During the first campaign against Northern China, 90 fortified and stoutly defended cities in the region of Ho-Pei are pillaged and burned in less than six months (autumn-Winter 1213-1214). Only a few cities are spared because their garrison surrendered quickly, all the others are razed to the ground. However, the Khan still refuses to try an assault on Peking yet, then he realizes that because its population is too numerous, he couldn't possibly keep this huge city for long if he took it by chance; no more than he could conquer a state of 50 million inhabitants in such a short period of time. It will take another year to seize and secure Peking (April 1215).

In the meantime, Genghis Khan withdraws and rides back home to Mongolia in the spring of 1214. For a while though, a question holds him back at the border: what was he going to do with the tens of thousands of prisoners that he had used as diggers and excavators for earthwork?

Those were useful for siegewarfare, but now? They were bringing with them germs, sicknesses, dangers of epidemic. They were in no condition to cross the Gobi desert. It was not possible to send them back home either, then they knew too much about the military art and the nature of the Mongols and could become dangerous adversaries as soldiers of the Kin emperor. Afterwards, what was a Chinaman's life worth? Besides, their great number was in itself a threat to the army. They are all exterminated as soon as they have crossed the Great Wall and reached the Kin-Yong Pass.
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Seneca

Hi there,

Yes, well I thought it was quite important.

It is not everyday that up to 100 million people are massacred in cold blood by a nation without some comment on this.

I suppose I am wondering just who these people were and how we would classify this type of behaviour.


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Asian Killers

Seneca makes a very valid statement here:

we have known since childhood days, that the Mongolians set up the world's largest empire


The peoples of the world remember and fear this name: Ghengis Khan.  But this is not an Anglo or a Whitey.

No, this is an Asian.  An Asian and Asian people that were to kill 100 million people by the sword.

100 million men women and children in a scorched earth policy.  The worst the world has ever seen.

Not just the men women and children, but their cats and dogs. Livestock and even the land itself.

The most cruelest, barbarous, vicious killers in the whole of humanity were Asians.

Now there is a thought. Asians and their number one spot in barbarity  
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Expatter,

Don't forget that was 100 million people out of a global population of around 430 million people. So he killed roughly a quarter of the world's population even though he only reached two continents.

Put that in perspective, in order for the British to have been as bad they would have had to have killed 412 million and the US, to even begin to compare, would need to slaughter roughly 1.5 billion people or every man, woman and child in China plus some extra for fun.
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Interesting

I think that just about sums up quite nicely the barbarity of the Mongols who were Asians.

Never has the world seen a more deadly force of killers, rapists, butchers and murderers.

There policy was to kill everything in order not to fight rearguard actions.

Hence they could do it with a much smaller army.

Then they would destroy the land so nothing grew there.

Asians the number one killers on the planet.

One quarter of the world's population put to the sword.

What a thought.  
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It gets worse, man: they did it for the power and honor of but one man.

We should probably discuss China's wholesale slaughters sometime. Ever seen the death tolls the emperors wracked up putting down rebellions?
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