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Maine, history is complex in that one view cannot represent all. While I am fully aware of your views, as I was educated in this country and received the American version of history of the second world war, there were also strategic implications behind the bombings - not to mention the US's desire to show the world that what the country is capable of.
The Russians were coming. The Russians (Stalin) breached the neutrality pact they had made with the Japanese at the onset of the war and started invading from the north. The cold war was already beginning; expeditious conclusion to the war was of utmost concern jockeying for control over the far east, and A-bombs were the just the tools to employ. One positive aspect of US taking control of Japan over Russia is that the country is what it is as opposed to perhaps something akin to North Korea.
As to saving more lives by killing 200,000 civilians in Hiroshima alone or to gain a democratic foothold in the Far East carried more weight, that decision is up to each individual to judge.
What is inexcusable is that while the Daihonei (war office) and Hirohito deliberated on how to conclude the war, the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Keep in mind that by 1945, most of the Japanese codes and transmissions have been cracked and intercepted by the US intelligence.