"I defy you to find a story problem."
A rebuttal:Ok. If you accept that without Jones, everything would have happened exactly the same up until the moment that the ark is opened and all the Nazi heads melt-which is not a proposition that I accept—would the Nazis have found the headpiece to the Staff of Ra? Marian only fished it out and put it in plain sight because Jones had just asked her about it minutes before—but anyway, if we accept that, then answer me this: Ok, the Nazi’s faces melt. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? In Raiders, Jones takes the ark, surrounded by melted Nazis, back to the US. Remove him from the equation, what happens next?
WHO GOT THE ARK AFTER THE NAZIS OPENED IT?
Jones got the ark off of Nazi Sub Island. Jones made a HUGE contribution, it was just one we didn’t see on screen. Without Jones, the ark would have been recovered by other Nazis.The only Nazis who were killed were the ones in the immediate vicinity, who actually witnessed it being opened. Other Nazis on the base where they opened the ark would have found it, AND IT WOULD HAVE ENDED UP IN THE HANDS OF OTHER, MORE CAUTIOUS NAZIS WHO HAD PROOF OF THE ARK’S DESTRUCTIVE POWER. It would not have ended up in some big American warehouse, EXCEPT FOR THE ACTIONS OF JONES.