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In 1999, Time magazine put Khan on its list of “Most Important People of the Millennium.”

However, in much of the world, Khan”s name struck fear from his bloodthirsty hordes that swept out of Mongolia into China and then west to Iran and north into Europe and parts of Russia. At the height of his empire in 1279, he had conquered two-thirds of the known world.

Some historians today still consider him responsible for the violent deaths of millions, along the path of destruction. Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, famously cited Khan in his testimony about atrocities claimed during the Vietnam War when he appeared in 1971 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Mongolian Ambassador Ravdan Bold pressed his case for a statue in a meeting two years ago with Mayor Anthony A. Williams, and the ambassador is still seeking e-mail comments at

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