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To underline another significant point, these native Indians are totally defenseless, and vulnerable to every single dangerous attack by the Spaniards. When Indians flee to mountains, these inhuman, cruel Spanish captains pursue them with fierce dogs to attack and tear them into several pieces. In addition to that, if Indians kill only one Christian, they would kill a hundred Indians in return. This is the misconception of our modern times that one individual feels himself superior to other, this one to that, that one to this; thus there occurs hierarchical relationships which can not be changed easily.

Near the end of this article, de Las Casas makes another interesting comment about Christians' another terrific action towards Indians. After taking the exiled king of India, Christians send him in a vessel to another place. But many Christians are drowned along with the king. The significant point is that there were very huge amount of gold in the shipwreck and the comment made by de Las Casas points out the real condition: "Such was God's vengeance for so many terrible injustices."

Bartolome de Las Casas gives another example of the real situation that is true in Indies. A king named Behechio and his sister Anacona make great services to Christians and they are beneficted from these deeply as they avoid innumerable dangers and remain alive. However, Christians come back to the island with a cavalry force behind. The native people were shut in a house and burned alive. Moreover, the helpful sister was hanged as a apecial "honor" in return.

We saw that Christians acted cruelly against Indians many many times without any reasonable cause. They tortured, killed, hanged, burnt alive these innocent people. How can Christians justify themselves of their inhuman actions towards Indians? How could they be the "teachers" who declares to teach moral and religious virtues to thesse people? How could they be caretakers of souls? Are Christians caretakers of their own

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