Does the world really need a 131-foot-tall statue of Genghis Khan?

Genghis Khan statue

Apparently some wealthy folks in Mongolia (apparently a private company rather than the government, though I don’t know how sharp that distinction is) think so; see details here and here.


7 Responses to Khaaan!

  1. Neil Parille August 24, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    I met a couple of girls from Mongolia in the elevator at the hotel the other day. About the only thing I could strike up conversation with them was Mongolian beef and Ghengis Khan. I guess you’ve got to accentuate the positive, so to speak.

  2. dennis August 25, 2009 at 12:34 am #

    I often dreamed of being wealthy enough to finance the construction of a 500 foot tall statue of Hernan Cortez with laser eyes here in Omaha. Not that I admire Cortez, but I thought perhaps it could prompt an appearance by Neil Young who would show up to protest, allowing me to inquire as to whether he and Gordon Lightfoot have ever enjoyed a Labat Blue together.

  3. Richard Garner August 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    A national monument? But surely only governments can provide funding for national monuments!

  4. Brandon August 25, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    I would like to see a huge statue of Genghis Khan killing Inalchuq by pouring molten silver on his head.
    It would be a marvelous reminder not to show your hated enemies any mercy. Merely defeating them and executing them isn’t enough.

    • Anon73 August 25, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

      That wiki article described typical government profligacy with the lives and money of the subjects they control. Beheading each other’s representatives for trivial reasons then starting a war…

  5. RTRebel August 27, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    “apparently a private company rather than the government, though I don’t know how sharp that distinction is”

    Are you saying This particular company is not very distinctive from a government, or that all private companies are not very distinctive government?

    Say it aint so roderick! I hope private companies don’t become hacked off the left-libertarian axe!

    All hail private property!

    • Roderick August 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

      I just meant that I don’t know how entangled business and government are in Mongolia.

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