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One possibility that you need to consider is that, shocked by the assassination of their leader, even those in Germany who didn't support Hitler resolved to continue the fight.It might have made very little difference.
It's hard to tell the impact that events have on the future. It is even hard to see the effect after the fact. I tend to agree that it is possible that use of the A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has deterred its subsequent use, but I would not have liked to have used that as a justification at the time. It is also possible that a demonstration of the bomb could have had the same effect - who knows.I think there is great danger in trying to play games to shape the world's future. Some politicians do this - the invasion of Iraq was an example, at least in the minds of a number of US politicians, of a way to reshape the middle east. It has not worked the way they intended and has cost a lot in lives and wealth. There are many other impacts too.The best anyone can do is make judgements at the time without trying to step into the role of a God. Arrogance and power can lead to this. That is not to say that we cannot make assessments of what may happen in different scenarios, but the possible outcomes need to be weighed against the potential downsides. And it is vital to consider that you may be wrong.
One could say that there is not much difference today given what happened in Iraq. Actually today it seems that American lives are worth about 1000 times that of Iraqi civilians.
Quote from: Bored chemist on 07/06/2010 22:36:32One possibility that you need to consider is that, shocked by the assassination of their leader, even those in Germany who didn't support Hitler resolved to continue the fight.It might have made very little difference.Actually that was the plan of the conspirators, to take control of the German government and surrender.
You forgot Poland!