That peace was built with the lives of annihilated enemies. But in my opinion, it was most certainly worth it, certainly to European merchants, and certainly to the Mongols for their place in history. I believe that any leader who is intent on securing the preservation and prosperity of his people should follow Genghis Khan's example. Spare no instrument in achieving victory, and spare no enemy, either.
Hey, I think that this is similar to my brother's opinion on the matter. He's 12 and plays too much empire total war.
Furthermore, if a policeman wanted to inspect your property for something, would you turn him away if he had good cause? I'd say "how can I help you, officer?" ESPECIALLY if somewhere on that property there was something threatening not only to you but your neighbors.
Because, after all, "...if you have done nothing wrong, tovarisch, you have nothing to fear."
Everything is connected in this intricate biosphere we call our world.
There is no such thing as an isolated incident.
Every action is met with an inversely proportional reaction. While one of us consumes as much as four human beings easily could, four foreigners are left to sparingly consume what should be enough for only one.
Efficiency at what cost?
Growth by whose standards?
There were economic benefits to slavery, after all, "free" labor is the cheapest labor, but, hmm, can one economically defend and support the validity and justification of slavery?
'Cause you can't handle me...
"A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it." - David Stevens
"That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that it? It is."