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Would you shoot Hitler?

  1. Oct 22, 2005 #1
    Scenario: You are in 1930, Spetember 15th with all the knowledge of history you have now. Hitler and his Nazi's have just been elected into power in Germany.

    Hypothetical: You find yourself in some situation in which you have the ability the shoot and kill Hitler. It is 1930 he has as of yet, committed no crime. Would you kill an innocent man? Or let Hitler go?
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  3. Oct 22, 2005 #2
    YES - since I hate him because of what he has done (specially if you hypothetically assume that I am a Jew) and as what history has taught us what to believe.

    YES - since I am a lawful citizen and FACTS points out that Hitler's crimes began as early as 1921 and therefore based on these facts I now have the reason to shoot and kill him. These are some of Hitler's crime before Hitler became the leader of the Nazi Party, in the General Election that took place in September 14, 1930.

    - He was found guilty and sentenced to the death penalty for the Beer Hall Putsch (9th November 1923) leading a mob crime that killed 21 people and wounding hunreds. But was released after 1 year on 20th December, 1924, after serving just over a year of his sentence due to some 'favorable' turn of events.

    - In September 1921, Hitler was sent to prison for three months for being part of a mob who beat up a rival politician.

    NO - since I am a reasonable man and I might give him the benefit of the doubt that he will not commit his crimes (as you hypothetically mentioned that he is still innocent at that time).

    NO - Hitler left Europe and the rest of the world devastated and with it a warning for the future. His regime had illustrated the dangers of nationalism, the obscenity of racism and the importance of democracy.

    It was a very expensive and bitter lesson, but it did provide us the very valuable meaning of life and humanity.
  4. Oct 22, 2005 #3
    So which is it? Would you or wouldn't you?

    -I intentionally left out the beer hall putsch since he was punished for that, and released according to the rule of law in Germany at the time. I didn't know about the assault case, but I still think it should be ignored since it is certainly not deserving of death.

    I want to focus on the ethical and moral implications of killing someone because of what you know they will do, but have not yet done.
  5. Oct 23, 2005 #4
    I would not shoot him. His impact on history was vast and, therefore, killing him could result in an even worse situation arising. It seems impossible, but you can never be do careful when altering the past.
  6. Oct 23, 2005 #5


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    No, because I don't want to kill anyone on my birthday!o:)
    Anyway, what you're saying doesn't make sense to me at all. I don't want to be 1 of those people who always get stuck on details and doesn't realize you're talking about an hypothetical situation for discussing morals or whatever like that, but you know what you're saying has some logical problem.
    You know what he's going to do in the future, so you kill him and for sure he wouldn't be able to do his crimes. But hey how on the earth can you claim you know what's going to happen in the future, when those crimes wouldn't happen?:confused:
    We have the same problem for traveling to the past. If you were able to travel to the past and then you killed 1 of your grandfather (before your father would be born), we'd get into trouble here (no because of not having you here now:tongue: ) How come can you born when your father couldn't be born?:confused:
    God! I myself don't know what the hell I'm talking about!:confused: :surprised :blushing:
  7. Oct 23, 2005 #6
    No, the world needed Hitler at the time. Otherwise who knows where we'd be now.
  8. Oct 23, 2005 #7
    No. He may have done some horrible things, but World War II made for some amazing advancements and was necessary for humanity in many ways.
  9. Oct 23, 2005 #8
    Is evil necessary to prevent evil?
  10. Oct 23, 2005 #9
    Are they saying better the devil you know than the one you don't know?

    I dunno, I think I'd shoot him. Doesn't seem like things could be worse off than if you let him go through with it. Then again, I'm an idiot:wink:
  11. Oct 23, 2005 #10
    Would I shoot Hitler? Yes, I think I would. But is that really the right thing to do? The issue is so complex that I don't know if killing him would stop the horrible things that occured during WWII. I think that Germany was in a perfect state to be led by anyone who was willing to point the blame for their current state on anyone else. And there were other countries in the Axis Powers. So, to just kill Hitler based on the reason that it would benefit the world is not an irrational statement, but I certainly don't think one can prove that it would completely change the way history occured. There are just too many variables to comprehend.
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    I was gonna post something like this a few days ago but i figured everyone would start throwing in BS technicalities no matter how well defined i made the situation.
  13. Oct 23, 2005 #12
    What are the BS technicalities that you're referring to?
  14. Oct 23, 2005 #13
    No, I would not shoot Hitler because there is no way of telling how the world would be today. I have no guarantee that something worse wouldn't happen instead of Hitler's reign or something directly caused by his death.

    For example, if Hitler hadn't started WWII and researched nuclear weapons, Einstein would not have come to the US when he did, and for all we know he wouldn't have been as useful as he was. Modern physics might be lacking!

    Just a hypothetical thing... :)
  15. Oct 23, 2005 #14
    You should have... I think these are somewhat fun.
  16. Oct 23, 2005 #15

    If Hitler had not comitted the events he did then there would be no reason to kill him, It's a paradox, He must commit to the event to the point that it is recordable as such in history.

    Other than that, It becomes a designer parallel Universe time line and does not change the Original time line you came from, When you travelled back to your original time line then you'd find nothing changed unless you went through changed time in the normal flow of time in the Universe you thought you had changed, then you can live in your designer Universe unchanged, But once you leave the designer time line it will revert back to normal recorded history by shifting you back to your original parallel Universe.

    It's the only way around the paradox barrier that I know of using the designer Universe theory.:smile:
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    Oh people will say something stupid like "But you'd never be absolutely sure history would have the outcome you say it will" after saying over and over "Let's just ASSUME that history will turn out *such and such way*". And you'll say it over and over and over and people will still say "but.... what if you're wrong!" and you just wanna beat them with a hammer while yelling "ITS ONE OF THE ASSUMPTIONS YOU MAKE FOR THE SAKE OF THE ARGUMENT, IT IS RIGHT, IT IS NEVER WRONG, THATS WHY ITS AN ASSUMPTION" because I have asked things like this before.

    So actually its not technicalities, its people who are so insecure about their personal opinions being monopolized that they can't think about a different situation even if for the sake of an unrelated argument.
  18. Oct 23, 2005 #17
    Alright. Sounds like you are pretty passionate about this. I said something similar to what you professed to hate, but not to say that this whoele thread is pointless. I'm only saying that to kill Hitler on the assumption that it would completely change the outcome of history is something I coudn't say is true. But I think I would kill Hitler because of my hate of what he did.
  19. Oct 23, 2005 #18
    No, because:
    1. Wars speed up the advancement of technology
    2. There are many interesting WW2 movies
    3. I have not been personally affected by him except in positive ways (#s 1 and 2), therefore I am should be grateful he did what he did.
    4. Actually, if it wasn't for Hitler, Poland would not have been occupied by the Soviet Union (would it have been eventually?). If this had not happened, my parents would not have met and I would not have been born.
    5. Right now, we live in a relatively peacful time. I feel that it was Hitler who caused this peace by the reaction against war and dictatorship that he inspired.

    In summary, there are many reasons to be grateful that Hitler came to power. If you were to examine your lives, I'm sure you could find a reason to light a candle for him on his birthday. Actually, I feel sorry for him. All he wanted to do was to shape the world into the way he wanted it. True he was crazy, but aren't we all. :rofl: Anyways, its not like the people he caused the deaths of would not have died eventually. I couldn't kill a man that never did anything wrong to me personally. However, if someone stole my car and I knew I could get my car back by killing him and not get caught, I would. Ω
  20. Oct 23, 2005 #19
    Paradox says: You can not change your original Hilters History.

    NOTE: Any event with a Paradox creates a designer Universe. :smile: Catch 22: You can not leave it if you wish it to remain as your new time event line.

    If you keep Hitler from killing all those people you will have to stay in that designer Universe for the changes to take place.

    It is also possible that once you jump to a designer parallel time line you will never find your way back to what was your (original) Universe as you once knew it, You'd be lost in parallel designer Universes.:rofl:

    Hope this helps.
  21. Oct 23, 2005 #20

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    Problem is, there's no guarantee that if somebody had killed Hitler, somebody equally bad wouldn't have stepped up to take his place. For example, Himmler wasn't a very nice guy, either.
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