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The sack of Merv, however methodical that it had seemed to be conducted, had nevertheless let certain city districts almost intact. Since the departure of Tului and his army, the site had been rapidly repeopled and the outer wall rebuilt. The Persian prefect that the Mongols had left had been put to death.

But the Mongol vengeance was not long to come. A brigade of 5000 men came to massacre all inhabitants and finish the demolition of all districts still standing. Balkh was also victim of a second and more complete destruction, of a new and more total massacre.

Afghanistan and the Khorassan were now out of condition to revolt again. The small, well organized minority had won the victory. The entire country was covered with ruins. Islamic fanaticism had found its match in the Mongol fury. To defeat Islam, it had been necessary to destroy cities, dams and embankments, to cut irrigation canals, to burn crops and seeds, to cut or saw fruit-trees at the base, to fell the protective tree curtains protecting cultivated lands and local farming against the invasion of desert sand storms. Millenary ploughing, cultivation and arable lands are reduced to steppes in that way, orchards are laid defenceless against incoming sand storms.

The many oasis of the Arabo-Persian civilization become a dry steppe.

This deliberate destruction of the soil can be called, "the death of the earth": a cosmic catastrophe.

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Post time 2009-1-4 23:03:30 |Display all floors

Hi Guys

I have no idea how this came up as a new thread.

I posted this in 'What the Mongols did to the World'.

So Peops please ignore this thread.

Mods please delete this thread.

This has been (hopefully) posted to the correct thread now.


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