Originally Posted by bonoferox
Why didn't the government just (maybe anonymously) give the ark to Hitler so he could open it in front of the entire Nazi army and melt their faces, thus ending the war? No one besides our heroes made it out of that canyon so it's not like the Fuhrer would know what happened.
Because they didn't know for sure why it destroyed the onlookers. If it was something other than a deity, then perhaps the Germans could figure out how to subjugate it.
If it was
a deity, then perhaps that deity would resent the arrogance of using the Ark as a clandestine weapon as much as he would looking into it irreverently. In that case, those who gave it to the Germans might find themselves destroyed.
Safest course of action was to pretend it didn't exist.