Yes, good old Genghis, terror of Asia. Here was a man good at his job. He (I'm assuming with a little help from his mates) managed to off an estimated 40 million people. Hitler? Stalin? Pol Pot? Hah, novices compared to old Gen.
We'll never see his like again. Hopefully.
Well, I say hopefully, but for some it seems that isn't the case. It isn't just in Mongolia for reasons of national pride.
Genghis Khan's Mongol invasion in the 13th and 14th centuries was so vast that it may have been the first instance in history of a single culture causing man-made climate change, according to new research out of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology.
But surely that's a bad thing, right?
Unlike modern day climate change, however, the Mongol invasion cooled the planet, effectively scrubbing around 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere.
Still a bad thing. Does that mean he was responsible for the mini-ice age then? What a bastard.
In other words, one effect of Genghis Khan's unrelenting invasion was widespread reforestation, and the re-growth of those forests meant that more carbon could be absorbed from the atmosphere.
Well, I suppose we're all told we can make a difference individually. If you buy the theory of AGW. I'm not sure I do.
But the message here is clear, genocide is fine because it stops global warming.
Give me strength.