Skip to comments.Genghis Khan--environmentalist (Mass slaughter appears to be an environmental plus)
Posted on 01/26/2011 7:17:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Genghis Khan has been branded the greenest invader in history - after his murderous conquests killed so many people that huge swathes of cultivated land returned to forest.
The Mongol leader, who established a vast empire between the 13th and 14th centuries, helped remove nearly 700million tons of carbon from the atmosphere, claims a new study.
The deaths of 40million people meant that large areas of cultivated land grew thick once again with trees, which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
And, although his methods may be difficult for environmentalists to accept, ecologists believe it may be the first ever case of successful manmade global cooling.
So apparently those peaceniky, anti war people are wrong; war is healthy for children and other living things! Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot--even the plague which killed millions, have a bright side.
You gotta do what you gotta do to sustain our precious, fragile planet!
Every environmentalist I talk to believes that overpopulation is the #1 problem. I just tell them to “do their part.”
This will be the new exercise in connecting dots. The earth is suffering due to overpopulation, sooooo, we need to get rid of 6 billion people.
Think how much better off the environment would be if there were NO HUMANS WHATSOEVER. So the ultimate act of a committed environmentalist should be self-elimination.
They pretend like mass-murder is not part of their plans.
Appears to be their agenda?
They’ve openly stated the desire to drastically reduce the earths population. Hillary Clinton and Bill Gates are two examples of high profile people who have made public statements. As I recall their stated goal was to reduce population by 75%.
I have always wondered why liberals have not embraced Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun—champions of population control and urban redevelopment.
The guy to the right of the picture looks like the actor Omar Sharif (maybe it’s him...).
The Green Movement et al joins the Human Extiction Movement in supporting random mass slaugher; touts Mao Tse-tung as new modern role model with 100 million slaughtered.
This is a big .jpg link, but I ask those interested to look at it. It is a world heritage site. Merv. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Mervturkmenistan.jpg
At one time, I imagined going there, as I studied it extensively. Merv held the largest library for 1,000 miles, rivaled only by Alexandria. It refused to surrender to Genghis Khan. Everyone was killed and the entire city razed.
It was a metropolis in its heyday, and a place not unlike Rome. It became dust and sand.
As I like to tell these people, "You go first."
That was the choice back then when you were invaded -— Surrender ( and your women belong to us ) or DIE ( which means your entire population eliminated ).
It was not unique to the Mongols.
A little more on Merv:
“Alexander the Great’s visit to Merv is merely legendary, but the city was named Alexandria for a time. After Alexander’s death, Merv became the chief city of the province of Margiana of the Seleucid, Parthian and Sassanid states. (snip).
After the Sassanid Ardashir I (220-240 AD) took Merv, the study of numismatics picks up the thread: a long unbroken direct Sassanian rule of four centuries is documented from the unbroken series of coins originally minted at Merv. During this period Merv was home to practitioners of a wide range of different religions (snip)
 Arab occupation and influenceSassanian rule came to an end when the last Sassanian ruler, Yazdegerd III (632-651) was murdered not far from the city and the Sassanian military governor surrendered to the approaching Arab army. The city was occupied by lieutenants of the caliph Umar, and became the capital of the Umayyad province of Khorasan. (snip) Using this city as their base, the Arabs, led by Qutayba ibn Muslim, brought under subjection large parts of Central Asia, including Balkh, Bokhara, Fergana and Kashgaria, and penetrated into China as far as the province of Gansu early in the 8th century. (snip) Arab immigration to the area was substantial. A Chinese captured at Talas, Du Huan, was brought to Baghdad and toured the caliphate. He observed that in Merv, Khurasan, Arabs and Persians lived in mixed concentrations.
Merv reached renewed importance in February of 748 when the Iranian general Abu Muslim (d. 755) declared a new Abbasid dynasty at Merv, expanding and re-founding the city, and, in the name of the Abbasid line, used the city as a base of rebellion against the Umayyad caliphate. (snip) (T)he governorship of Khurasan at Merv was considered one of the most important political figures of the Caliphate. The influential Barmakid family, for example, was based in Merv and played an important part in transferring Greek knowledge (established in Merv since the days of the Seleucids and Greco-Bactrians) into the Arab world.
Throughout the Abbasid era, Merv remained the capital and most important city of Khurasan. During this time, the Arab historian Al-Muqaddasi called Merv delightful, fine, elegant, brilliant, extensive, and pleasant. Merv’s architecture perhaps provided the inspiration for the Abbasid re-planning of Baghdad. The city was notable for being a home for immigrants from the Arab lands as well as from Sogdia and elsewhere in Central Asia (Herrmann 1999). Merv’s importance to the Abbasids was highlighted in the period from 813 to 818 when the temporary residency of the caliph al-Ma’mun effectively made Merv the capital of the Muslim world. (Snip)
As the caliphate weakened, Arab rule in Merv was replaced by that of the Persian general Tahir b. al -Husayn and his Tahirid dynasty in 821. (snip)
 Turks in MervIn 1037, the Seljuks, a clan of Oghuz Turks moving from the steppes east of the Aral Sea, peacefully took over Merv under the leadership of Toghril Beg (snip).
It is during this period that Merv expanded to its greatest size Arab and Persian geographers termed it the mother of the world, the rendezvous of great and small, the chief city of Khurasan and the capital of the eastern Islamic world. Written sources also attest to a large library and madrasa founded by Nizam al-Mulk, as well as many other major cultural institutions. Perhaps most importantly, Merv was said to have a market that is the best of the major cities of Iran and Khurasan (Herrmann 1999). It is believed that Merv was the largest city in the world from 1145 to 1153, with a population of 200,000..
Sanjar’s rule, marked by conflict with the Kara-Khitai and Khwarazmians, ended in 1153 when the Turkish Ghuzz nomads from beyond the Amu Darya pillaged the city. Subsequently Merv changed hands between the Khwarazmians of Khiva, the Ghuzz, and the Ghurids, and began to lose importance relative to Khurasan’s other major city, Nishapur.
 Mongols in MervIn 1221, Merv opened its gates to Tule, son of Genghis Khan, chief of the Mongols, on which occasion most of the inhabitants are said to have been butchered. The Persian historian Juvayni, writing a generation after the destruction of Merv, wrote
The Mongols ordered that, apart from four hundred artisans. .., the whole population, including the women and children, should be killed, and no one, whether woman or man, be spared. To each [Mongol soldier] was allotted the execution of three or four hundred Persians. So many had been killed by nightfall that the mountains became hillocks, and the plain was soaked with the blood of the mighty.
Genghis did his share to repopulate the Earth too. It’s estimated that over 10% of Asians can trace their lineage back to him. He banged everything that moved.
“It was not unique to the Mongols.”
True. Actually, it is the razing I wanted to emphasize.
Genghis Khan pretty much made afghanistan what it is today, a barren desolate wasteland.
I also forgot to mention something: the razing of Merv included butchering of up to 1,000,000 people, including refugees. +/- a few hundred were spared for some reason.
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