Back to the future…would we want to have the capability to change the future by going back to the past? Let’s talk about some things that are happening now, and how they might possibly have been changed, if time travel were a reality. We’ll start off with this from The Telegraph, March 26, 2016, by Tom Morgan and he has this headline…” Muslim shopkeeper murdered in suspected “religiously prejudiced” attack after posting on Facebook of love for Christians.” A popular shopkeeper was stabbed to death by another Muslim in a “religiously prejudiced” attack hours after posting an Easter message on Facebook to “my beloved Christian nation”. Asad Shah, 40, a devout Muslim originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, had his head stamped on during a savage attack, according to one eyewitness. Around four hours earlier the victim wrote online: “Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation. “Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.” An eyewitness, who did not want to be named, told the Daily Record: “As I drove past I saw two men standing over the victim. One was stamping on his head. There was a pool of blood on the ground. It was horrific. The police arrived in minutes and the poor guy was getting CPR at the scene. I really hope he pulls through.”
So…how far back in time would we have to go to prevent this future event? Some will say a day before, others might say a week or a month. The truth is that we’d have to go back some 1400 years to the time of Mohammed. That last one is probably the real time travel that would have to take place because it was with the birth of Mohammed, and his doctrine, that we have Islam today. To be sure, there were other warlords then and, no doubt some of them were pedophiles, but he codified it by saying he was the messenger of the Moon God, Allah. If he had been prevented from writing the Quran, we would not be having a lot of the problems that we have in the world today.
Maybe we could go back to April 19, 1889 and do the world some good. The next day a madman would be born and bring death and destruction of biblical proportions to the world. He would conquer most of Europe, threaten the British Isles, almost cause the extinction of an entire group of people simply because he didn’t like them. There would be a huge, global conflict to defeat this man, eventually ending a reign of terror not seen since the Inquisition. His mother would have to abort the child, or possibly give it out to be adopted by some family that might raise him in a different setting. He was, at one time, a gifted draftsman with an almost photographic memory and could make drawings of buildings that were near-perfect. The future of the people on earth might have been drastically different because we’ll never know if there was a person that cured cancer, or even the common cold, that met their fate in a gas chamber or an oven. Yes, to have prevented Adolph Hitler from reaching maturity would have been a blessing.
We could travel back to 406 sometime…the exact date is unknown, and witness the birth of another conqueror, another man whose ambition was to rule the known world. His cruelty probably began when he murdered his own brother, but it didn’t stop there. He was without rival in his corner of the world and if we knew the exact date of his birth we might have stopped the rise of Attila the Hun. Attila the Hun amassed an army of half a million men and invaded Gaul (now France). He was defeated at Chalons in 451 by Aetius, who had banded together with the Visigoths, who were themselves no angels. Dubbed the Scourge of God, Attila the Hun invaded northern Italy in 452, but spared the city of Rome due to the diplomacy of Pope Leo I and the rough shape of his own troops. He died the following year, and among many memorable quotes, Attila the Hun is remembered for saying of his powerful reign, “There, where I have passed, the grass will never grow again.”
What about that great fiddler…Nero? Could Rome and the empire been saved and carried forward if he had been stopped? He was viewed by the Roman people as compulsive and corrupt. Nero annexed the Bosporan Kingdom to the Empire and began the First Jewish–Roman War and I must confess that I was not aware of this war at all. He is known for many executions, including that of his mother, and the probable murder by poison of his stepbrother Britannicus. Nero was rumored to have had captured Christians dipped in oil and set on fire in his garden at night as a source of light, so you can see he wasn’t a nice guy at all. We have a birthdate of December 15, 37, so that would have been the day to get rid of him, eh?
Last, but not least, we have Lee Harvey Oswald, John F. Kennedy and November 22, 1963. Need I say more?
Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired
(aka The Old Alarmist)
Duty. Honor. Country.
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