This was the thought that occurred when Torry Hansen, an American woman, and self-styled "mother," abandoned the seven year old Russian boy she had adopted, by sending him home to Russia. She claimed that she did this because the boy had "severe behavioral problems," including making a threat to kill others in her family.
Boys will be boys, and a boy born into harsh, Russian circumstances, will likely be more difficult than most. Women like Madonna, who go to Third World countries to adopt children, should take note. This is particularly true in the case of someone like Ms. Hansen, who has no husband, or even boyfriend, meaning that should would have had to raise a boy without the help of a father. People in those circumstances should think two, three, four times before adopting children, as should the agencies who put them up for adoption.
Ghengis Khan was a similarly abandoned child. He was born into a noble, read relatively rich Mongol family. But his father died when he was 12, and the rest of the tribe abandoned his mother, his younger brothers and him, letting him fend for himself. Later, the boy was captured and enslaved by his worst enemies, but managed to escape when he was just a bit older.
Small wonder that when he grew up, and attracted a small following, he wreaked a terrible vengeance; first, on other Mongols, and later the rest of the world. Said he, " I have come as punishment for your sins." And, in fact, the sins of others were quite present.
Russia is a poor country, and it is unlikely that the boy, Artyom Savalyev, will have as nice a life there as he could have in the United States. But by virtue of having been on these shores, he will enjoy a celebrity among his new peers. That's over and above whatever natural leadership ability he may have (and he appears to have some). And the Russians would be pleased to trot him out as a symbol of American perfidy, even though it was wreaked more by an individual, than by a government.