After looking through this thread and realizing that I’ve got a paper due in a few days on the US benefits of Hiroshima I was wondering what other Dopers feel are some of the benefits of the bombing.
As for me I believe that obviously one benefit is the fact that it saved many American soldiers life when compared to a ground invasion.
Second it was good on the US for economic reasons. We were one of the few (if not only) countries involved in the war that had our homeland basically untouched. Once the war was over our factories and means of production could be focused on producing stuff for our civilians and not for the war effort.
Another positive affect that it had was the sense of security it gave the American public knowing that their military was the only one that possessed atomic weapong capabilities (at least for awhile).
Then there is payback for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. While we didn’t know about Pearl Harbor we did give them warning with the Potsdam Proclomation.
So Dopers I beg you do you think there are any other large benefits to the US?
p.s. I just want other Dopers opinions on the matter. I’d rather this not turn into any kind of debate.