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Originally posted by BlueRaja
With regards to Hirsohima/Nagasaki, do you feel that the loss of life that would have resulted from a ground invasion of Japan would've been better?
It's estimated that the number of fatalities in that eventuality could've been in the millions, with several hundred thousand being Allied forces.
Given that choice, dropping the bomb saved far more lives, and caused far less damage than the alternative.
War by its very nature is an ugly business, and unpleasant.
Sometime one has to make very tough decisions, and in this case the decision was to not prolong the war and add countless more casualties to the tally.