Leftists tend to focus on only European-origin atrocities and solely on the atrocities and not on any of the development.
Cure for countless diseases? Bah, who gives a fuck, some empire destroyed a city, unlike every other empire ever before. China was united via diplomacy and sit togethers with committees set for standardizing the languages and customs, same for Japan and every other place. Mongols were riding all over the place spreading leaflets and knocking on doors asking if people would like to hear of Golden Horde.
Indeed. One thing I was pointing directly to.
People will nitpick small bits, spread them around wherever their narrative aims require, and blow them up to much larger proportions. Always holding their target to different standards than their contemporaries in doing so.
I roll my eyes when I hear people crying about how the evil Christians invaded Muslim lands during the crusades. Sure, buddy.
And the Muslims hadn't been doing exactly the same for the previous 300 years on a much wider geographical scale, and against more religions.
Surprised it took so long for others to start pushing back, actually.
Such views are only modern revisionist indoctrinations from the usual crowd, damning their target while completely excusing others.
As in, after promising the garrison a safe passage they didn't *always* skin them alive and barbeque them while they were still alive. Not every time!
As for the policy of sometimes granting special treatment to conquered populace after having raped and pillaged the city - it was calculated move to keep them from revolting. Over time the tolerance would go down and taxes up until those with different religions would find them in an extremely tight spot paying enormous extra taxes for merely having "wrong faith" while facing persecution with opportunists converting over and using religion to gain wealth and stature with the old religions being the givers.