I'm going to set the scenario here. Feel free to set your own scenarios too, but please at least initially respond to my scenario...
Time travel is a reality. You have it at your command: a one time chance. That chance will never come again to anyone. You have a chance to travel once, back in time, and kill Hitler in the crib, and then return to whatever the new future holds.
Would that be murder? Justified? Moral? A necessary act? Was Hitler born evil? Predestined?
There are a lot of issues and concerns here. It's a bit tough for me, but I have decided it would be murder, unjustified and results: questionable. How are we to know that "Hitler" wouldn't simply have another name, be another person: perhaps worse?
To me Hitler, the baby, was an innocent. I am not saying we are born an empty slate. I think genetics and work done on transformation grammar indicate: not. But innocent enough that murdering baby Hitler would be morally wrong, no matter how tempting.
Now: let's add a monkey wrench to the mix. What if you had a chance to abort Hitler, with no consequences except the better ones: those who have an abortion and don't suffer major emotional consequences.
NOTE TO ALL: I add last caveat to the previous paragraph because going on and on and turning this into another "effect of abortion" thread would be off topic. Or even just another abortion thread. Mods take note.
Would that be more moral? More justified? Personally I might take the chance, but then I'm caught up in my "the new Hitler without the name" conundrum. Frankly I think the time and the place were right for Hitler and eliminating one person: even Hitler, probably would change little or make it worse. If you've ever seen The Butterfly Effect I think you understand my concern.
Well, whatcha think?