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May it please the court. Your Honor, members of the jury, I stand with the Prosecution, and we will prove to you beyond a reasonable doubt that the Mongols are indeed guilty of crimes against humanity, conquering the world in an uncivilized manner, being far more brutal that other world dominators, and finally for setting the bar of barbaric warfare for future dominations. One good deed doesn't make a good man. One benevolent act doesn't make a benevolent government. One small act of kindness doesn't make up for the gruesome crimes committed by the Mongols. Tragedy befalling one man does not excuse the horrors he inflicts on millions. The defendant is going to try to paint a picture for you of a man, who grew up in hard times, and bravely led the Mongols as he tried to unite the world and bring about peace and safety. They are going to try to tell you that Temujin, more commonly known as Genghis Khan, is not nearly as horrible as you are led to believe, and that he greatly benefited the areas he conquered. I'm here to tell you, that that simply isn't true. The man they are describing is a false one. What they claim to be truth and what Genghis Khan actually did rarely coincide. The man they are trying to paint in a better light believes that "The greatest happiness is to scatter your enemy and drive him before you, to see his cities reduced to ashes, to see those who love him shrouded in tears, and to gather to your bosom his wives and daughters." Does a man who would say that sound like a great humanitarian to you? Whatever small act of alleged kindness the Mongols claim to have done is far outweighed by the monstrosities they brought upon the world around them. The Mongols went out and destroyed everything in their path, with no regard to the families they were tearing apart, and the lives they were ruining. They were ruled by their absolute brutality and complete lack of empathy. The obliterated everything they could, whether it was an ancient monument or a culture that was only just beginning. You will hear from Ibn Battuta, a world traveler, about how the Mongols, not only killed millions of people, but also destroyed everything they touched, leaving ruins behind them for decades to come. They destroyed entire cultures around them, and only left the areas they had no interest in alone. You will hear from Jamugha, Genghis Khan's childhood friend, about how he was always violent as a child, and how he gives no thought to the wellbeing of others. You will hear from

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