Alexander the Great is the best military commander in history.
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http://www.freerepublic.com... calls him, "The undisputed greatest military genius who ever lived" on their list of top 10 military commanders, ranking him #1. Subutai is not even on that list. http://ramymehelba.hubpages.com... also ranks him # 1. "They write he's the leader who hasn't lost a single battle for a long Eleven years of fighting against forces beyond his forces number". Subutai is not on that list either. http://abcnews.go.com.... On this link, ABC news wrote a multi page article depicting why Alexander is so great. Here are the first three paragraphs
"Caesar crossed the Rubicon. Napoleon had a good run before he met his Waterloo. But when it comes to capturing the popular imagination, they can't hold a candle to Alexander the Great.
"When you look at the imagination that was necessary to be Alexander, the effect he had on other people's imaginations -- he was head and shoulders above them," said Thomas R. Martin, author of "Ancient Greece."
"Alexander is a legend, but he's not a myth. He's real. What he did -- for better or worse -- shows in the starkest and most exciting terms the lack of limits of human possibility."
Alexander the Great even has Great in his name. Click on the links to read the articles. Vote Pro!
http://ramymehelba.hubpages.com..., and http://www.freerepublic.com..., and ABC News. I would like to point out that your first two sources are not reputable. Free Republic is a forum site where you can also look up an article about the Huffington Post seeking people who have had sex with aliens. Next http://ramymehelba.hubpages.com... is a HubPage where the author has a profile that says "I Looooooove M i C h A e L J a C k S o N ♥ ♥". Is that really a sight you use for a REAL debate? Finally, I would like to talk about the information you got from ABC news. The info you COPIED from the article. While it is fine to copy small paragraphs, to make 3/4ths of your debate space be covered by it is ridiculous. This is YOUR debate! NOT, a space to paste someone else's article instead of presenting your own ideas backed up by REPUTABLE sources.
I will now begin with my own arguments. Subutai was the greatest military commander in history. He directed more than 20 campaigns, won 65 major battles, and conquered 32 separate nations. He didn't lose a single battle, and only ended his career when he was recalled after the death of "gedei Khan. In fact Ch 1 Great Captains Unveiled Liddell Hart ISB 0-8369-0618-7 says, "He conquered or overran more territory than any other commander in history." That is a good record.
Source: Ch 1 Great Captains Unveiled Liddell Hart ISB 0-8369-0618-7
Subutai wasn't just lucky though. He incorporated the use of new technologies, and creatively used them to gain victories. As New World Encyclopedia says, "He gained victory by means of imaginative and sophisticated strategies".
Finally, Subutai was the greatest military commander ever because he could control vast armies from large distances away, and use them comprehensively to create victory. In fact in two battles on the same day against the Polish and the Hungary he commanded two separate armies over 200 miles apart for a victory. 40,000 casualties inflicted to only 1,000 of his own.
Sources: http://www.cracked.com..., http://answers.yahoo.com..., http://wiki.answers.com...
I rest my argument for this round. Good luck!
Alexander was an influence to future conquerers such as Caesar, Pompay, and Napoleon. (Alexander the Great biography). At the battle of Granicus, Alexander faced an army similar to his size, at 40,000. In the battle he only lost 120, while destroying the other side. There were 2,000 survivors from his opponents, who were captured. (Alexander the Great Biography on historyofmacedonia). During the battle of Issus, Alexander was GREATLY outnumbered, while facing elite soldiers from Syria, along with Persians. King Darius fled in terror, and Alexander dominated.
In India, Alexanders greatest achievement came during the battle at the Hydaspes, against king Porus. (One of the most powerful men in India) They invaded the heavily guarded river and won a battle even though the Indians had horses, which the Greeks had never even seen before. That just about sums up Alexanders incredible campaign. He marched into land he wasn't very familiar with, fought against totally new tactics, and NEVER lost.
You next say that I did not rebut your "fact" that "main points that he never lost and that he conquered 2 million square miles in just 11 years". That is true in a way. At the beginning of the debate i was unclear on the rules. I believed that we weren't aloud to rebut in the first 3 rounds, but only in the last. For that I apologize. Either way was that a point to rebut. Facts are just that FACTS. We agree (I hope) that we are both using real facts, and not fallacies. This is a debate. We debate an opinion not squabble over our opponents facts.
I would like to address it though. You say that he was on his way to "conquering more", but he died as if he was alone in this. As I stated earlier in the previous round Subutai was recalled in 1241 after the death of the Khan. Imagine if he had had more time.
I apologis in its shortness and lack of more points I have been very busy the last 2 days.
1. He never lost a battle
2. In just 11 years he conquered 2 million square miles
3. Alexander lived almost 2,000 years before Subutai, so he had little to no maps and knowledge of where he was going
4. He fought different tactics than he had ever seen and still won (Such as India using elephants)
5. He had a significant amount of less time than Subutai to conquer
For all these reasons, Alexander is better than Subutai. Good luck to con and Vote Pro!
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