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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    Quote Originally Posted by EdwinWillers View Post
    I'm just curious what prompts such polls as this? Who thinks in these terms, wondering who's the greater of two evils... more importantly, why?

    Meh; I just don't get it.
    This is just unfounded suspicion, but I suspect that people who think in these terms are inclined towards agreement, or agree with, what Hitler did.

    Edit: And by couching the discussion in these terms, can say "well he wasn't THIS bad".
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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    Genghis Khan was an awesome person. People can want to be like Genghis Khan without being considered a freak. Anyone who wants to be like Hitler is an ass-hole.
    Eh... Give it a couple of centuries.

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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    So a machine gun is to you what a bow and arrow was to Khan?
    In this day and age, Genghis Khan would nuke any city that defied him, or, if a city surrendered, enslave everyone with tracker-equipped exploding neck rings, have his troops rape all the women (and in this case, "women" would probably include any female over 12) and kill people at random in various brutal ways. Or not at random, but equally brutal.
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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    This is just unfounded suspicion, but I suspect that people who think in these terms are inclined towards agreement, or agree with, what Hitler did.

    Edit: And by couching the discussion in these terms, can say "well he wasn't THIS bad".
    I voted Hitler, because I am more familiar with what he did...my grandfather left me his Reader's Digests of those years... although Khan killed more people on a percentage basis of the population. I'm personally glad both are dead!

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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    Genghis Khan was the strongest, smartest brute in a world of brutes.

    Hitler (just like Lenin, Mao, et al, let's not leave poor little Addie all alone) had inherited a civilized nation with a long tradition of humanism and tolerance - and turned it into a genocidal nightmare.

    Not even close to a contest.

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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    Having lived so historically recently, Hitler is rightfully held up as the height of evilness of mankind. Go back some 700 years, though, and Genghis Khan fit that description just as well. Both men are similar, having wrecked havoc on the population of Eurasia in a relatively brief, swift reign of terror.

    While WWII was the deadliest war in history, with between 40 and 72 million deaths, the Mongol conquests come close, having result in between 30 and 70 million deaths. And by worldwide population, the Mongol conquests were much deadlier, 17% vs. 1-3% of living people having been killed.

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    Each man committed genocide on an unprecedented scale, but today Genghis Khan enjoys an amount of notoriety, akin to that given to Alexander the Great.

    So is one man more evil than the other? And if so, who?
    Well, they're both evil. Both unnecessarily cruel. But they are different in that Hitler committed genocide with an insane hatred for Jews and intent on wiping them off the face of the earth. Khan killed everything that moved for wealth, land, glory, but didn't commit genocide. He didn't seem to care about ethnicities or religions. They were both trying to prove they were the best and the grandest military leaders and empire leaders of the world. But Hitler had that personal thing against Jews, and also included smaller groups of so-called lesser people, killing them because they were inferior or flawed and didn't deserve to live (gays, people with mental problems, etc.).

    Hitler's decrees didn't seem to be unnecessarily cruel against those who weren't Jews or one of the other people of groups he determined should be wiped off the earth. By that I mean, he didn't boil people alive, behead them, etc. But there was the genocide thing, which gives him a particular kind of evil status.

    Interesting question. I guess I can't say which one was more cruel. If I were Jewish, I'd think it were Hitler. If I were Chinese or one of the peoples Khan mercilessly killed, I might think it was Genghis Khan.

    Ultimately, maybe it was Hitler because maybe it was possible for a people to escape Khan's wrath, by surrendering and giving him their wealth and land and all they own. But if you were Jewish or gay or mentally deficient, there was no pardon from Hitler. You had to die eventually, but maybe used as slave labor before.

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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    In this day and age, Genghis Khan would nuke any city that defied him, or, if a city surrendered, enslave everyone with tracker-equipped exploding neck rings, have his troops rape all the women (and in this case, "women" would probably include any female over 12) and kill people at random in various brutal ways. Or not at random, but equally brutal.
    Wrong. Instead of enslaving he would make everyone listen to Miley Cyrus and One Direction until they die. A fate surely worse than enslavement.
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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Wrong. Instead of enslaving he would make everyone listen to Miley Cyrus and One Direction until they die. A fate surely worse than enslavement.
    Not even close to worse.

    In seriousness, that is.

    If we're talking joke-reality, then hell yes.
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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Wrong. Instead of enslaving he would make everyone listen to Miley Cyrus and One Direction until they die. A fate surely worse than enslavement.
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    Re: Who's worse: Genghis Khan, or Hitler?

    I find the potentials in the Mongolian invasion much scarier.

    Hitler's got the high score, but his opponents stopped him, eventually.

    The Mongolians stopped for their own reasons, or Europe would have been toast. There was nothing that could stand against that army for long. They were far ahead of the competition in their approach to warfare.

    But for internal politics and a lucky death or two, they could have easily put Europe back a century in development.

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