These executions are the first of what will no doubtfully be many in this new year, and it’s no longer a surprise. The ultra-conservative and rather radical Saudi Arabian kingdom put at least 157 people to death in 2015, the most annually in two decades. This first official mass execution is a rather large percentage of the total we saw in the last year.
Imagine a world where World War II could have ended years beforehand. A world where millions of men, women, and children weren’t slaughtered horrendously in genocide. A world where Nazi Germany never really became a global, or even continental, threat. Alternative history is very interesting, perhaps one of the most interesting things to study in the recordings of our world’s past.