Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The paradoxical leader - Genghis Khan

Mongol boy Temujin grew up be a great leader and warrior, he left behind an empire that stretched from the east coast of China across to Russia and down to the Aral Sea. The empire continued to grow after his death, and by 1280, it covered 12 million square miles, about two-thirds of the "known world" at the time. The Mongol Empire was the largest connected empire in history — only the British Empire exceeded it.

He was an unusual conqueror. On one hand, he was brutal. He led his soldiers — all on horseback — to massacre countless innocent people as a warning to his new subjects. But once he had established control, he left people with a surprising amount of freedom — he made sure they had access to food; he established governments, often with local officials; he allowed women to speak in public and express opinions; and he allowed religious freedom, never trying to convert people. And although he himself was illiterate, he helped establish the first written Mongolian language.

I posted this on the FB and this is what Baruk Feddabon (BF) had to say:

BF:barbarians are not always barbaric...
ME:I understand he butchered ruthlessly to instill fear so his campaign will roll along with less bloodshed...Far better than those who invade the land with junk foods and colas masquerading as saviors of economy...
BF:interesting. are you suggesting it is worse to feed someone cola than to butcher them?
ME:I dont endorse either, quite a choice eh??? Cola being bad is a hogwash but the culture it perpetuates makes the sword of Genghis Khan seem like a rattle..


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