On the anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden, the media is swirling with questions about the terrorist, his death, and possible retaliations.In the world of fiction, a novelist can take a factual event and twist it on its head. Ursa Minor Publishing, the home of blockbuster novel, “DESTINATION DEALEY: Countdown to the Kennedy Conspiracy” wants to challenge readers to think about what they would do if they had a time machine. Would you go back and kill Bin Laden before he embarked on his reign of terror?
For that matter, would you go back in time and kill Hitler?
In thriller “DESTINATION DEALEY: Countdown to the Kennedy Conspiracy” characters from present day travel back in time to prevent the (fictional) assassination of Jackie Kennedy at the hands of KGB agents hell-bent on killing President John F. Kennedy.
During the course of the novel, they discuss the moral dilemma of what they are about to do, as they construct their time travel vessel.
So, what would you do if you had a time machine? Which evil despot would you try to thwart?
Sam pondered the implications. “Did you ever wonder what would have happened if the KGB had succeeded in blowing away Kennedy? Frankly, I think the world would have been better off.”
The crew stared at him, stricken.
“What? Let’s go over the facts. He was the monster who initiated the nuke wars with the USSR. He had one hand pressing the button while the other hand stripped away our personal freedoms. And for decades after he died in ’67, the paranoid masses kept voting in the warmongers. No one wanted an administration that would back down to Russian aggression. As a result, look where we are today.”
“You bring up a fascinating point.” Bick shifted the bulk of a Mustang seat he was carrying. “But you have to admit Kennedy wasn’t the worst tyrant of all time. What about Hitler, Stalin, or Genghis Khan for that matter?”
“Are you people insane?” Frank exploded from where he was tinkering with the environmental systems. “Are you suggesting we go back through history and slaughter every bloodthirsty despot that ever existed? That is not the job I signed up for.” He muttered, “Not that I had much choice.”
“No, absolutely not!” Bick appeared aghast. “It was conjecture, a hypothetical concept.”
Their attitude stymied Sam. “Knowing the horrors he would commit, you would be totally justified in killing Hitler before he became a threat, even when he was a boy.”
“Murder a child?” Dee clutched her abdomen. “That’s a heinous crime, regardless of what he might become. It would be preferable to change his environment to convert him from evil to good.”
“But to quote Machiavelli, the ends justify the means.”
“He didn’t mean that per se.”
Sam slumped as Jay launched into another soliloquy.
Read more about the time-travel mission to save Jackie K. in “DESTINATION DEALEY: Countdown to the Kennedy Conspiracy.”