So I have some mixed feelings about the Mongols. On one hand, they didn’t really care about different languages, races, religions, ethnicity, ect. On the other hand, they killed millions of people and destroyed entire towns because of the actions of a few. The Mongols used their terror on civilians as a scare tactic to win, a clear and successful tactic that works, may not be ethical, but it works. They had three tactics that they used: they let the people decide to submit or be destroyed, they split the people into groups and killed those not “desirable,” or they completely destroyed a population.
The Crusades were interesting to read about as most history textbooks I’ve had only gloss over the information. My question is if people knew just how hypocritical the wars were. The Pope said that “there could be no sin in a campaign blessed by Christ.” Seriously? Isn’t Christianity supposed to be about love they neighbor and pacifism and all that? (Admittedly, I am not Christian, so if somewhere in the Bible it says war is okay for whatever reason, then okay) It was kinda disturbing that the crusaders were eating the corpses of Muslims (I really hope they didn’t eat them raw, that is just too gross and unsanitary). They didn’t even care who they were killing and several Christians and Jews were killed along with their target. Seriously, the Pope (who called for the war) said “kill them all, for God will know his own.” Like, that doesn’t change the fact that these people were killed. If you’re trying to capture Jerusalem for the Christians, you probably shouldn’t kill them all. Even clergy men got killed. It makes me wonder if their was no distinction between the clergymen of the Christian faith and those of other religions.
I didn’t put a cat pic on the last chapter because these chapters are so short so here’s one for both of them: