Would you kill baby Hitler?

Sugarman

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#22
Remove Hitler and you'd have uncle Joe stomping all over Europe instead which would have been just as brutal. They pretty much kept each other in check.
If not joe, mussolini, someone would have taken over.
Second law of thermodynamics.
 

MEIOT

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#23
Better options than killing the kid.

But like another poster mentioned - doubt it would change anything were you to - the void would inevitably be filled by another.
 

Alan

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#26
The false assumption being that Hitler personally was responsible for everything...... if not he then someone else would have filled the void.
Pretty much this.

Still the gist of the question remains. Would you take an innocent life to save 10 innocent lives?
 

UrBaN963

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#29
The question posed implies behaviour is predetermined, which is ridiculous. Given the opportunity to kill the baby, why not simply stick around and educate him? He's clearly a powerful, intelligent and commanding person, just look at what he accomplished. Had those energies and abilities been channeled in a more survival direction, imagine what could have been?
 

Cray

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#31
Not really, remember Hitler was inspired by others in his earlier years.
The guy got a medal in the WWI for saving the life of a Jewish officer in the army.
Not quite true, he was recommended for the Iron Cross 1st Class (his second decoration for bravery) by a Jewish officer - he was a messenger during a heavy attack and his actions on that day led to the award.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_career_of_Adolf_Hitler
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theratman

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#33
Then the Germans would of been the "good guys"
Germany would have been a casualty of the Soviets. Without Hitler I doubt they would have defied treaties, marched into disputed territory etc. Remember just before ww2 started when Germany started annexing territories until the allies had enough and declared war. If the allies had gone to war when the incursions began I think the war would have been over very quickly as the German army wasn't up to scratch at the time.

The power void would have been ripe for the soviets to become a superpower in the late 40s, and I'm under no illusion that they would have left Europe alone.
 

Cray

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#36
So to further muddy the waters = (and to steal an idea from Dan Carlin https://www.dancarlin.com/). Would you kill this person, Gavrilo Princip https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavrilo_Princip, on the morning of the Archduke's assassination, knowing that the original attempt was botched and that it was only a huge coincedence that he had the opportunity to kill the Archduke.

You could make an argument that all the deaths in the Fist World War, and those in the Second stemmed from that one act. Of course it's possible that war could have been touched off in other ways but it's interesting to consider how one person can set things in motion.
 

Ho3n3r

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#37
You would have no way of knowing, so you can't. For all you know, there's a baby alive today that will do things that are 10 times worse, but you have no idea right now.

The hypothetical "if you could" is quite pointless, as you'll never be able to.
 

Polymathic

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#39
Germany would have been a casualty of the Soviets. Without Hitler I doubt they would have defied treaties, marched into disputed territory etc. Remember just before ww2 started when Germany started annexing territories until the allies had enough and declared war. If the allies had gone to war when the incursions began I think the war would have been over very quickly as the German army wasn't up to scratch at the time.

The power void would have been ripe for the soviets to become a superpower in the late 40s, and I'm under no illusion that they would have left Europe alone.
Don't underestimate the Germans it's a miracle they didn't become the dominant super power, remember the Soviet and American space program we're headed by former Nazi scientists. Imagine if Germany wasn't taken over by an anti-semetic regime, you'd have Albert Einstein and various other Jewish scientists helping the German cause
 

Nerfherder

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#40
No, end result is that people would have died anyway... perhaps more people and in worse ways.

All the people who supported and helped Hitler get to live ?
Does Stalin get to do his nasty stuff as well ?

Then assuming 6 million people don't die, well 20 mil was the actual death toll easily means another billion people alive today

OR

The same people inflict even more death and torture.
 
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