Originally posted by mioque:
By the time Dresden was bombed to hell the US was out of the dangerzone
Germany had not surrendered and unconditionally surrender was called for. The bombing was necessary to cut down on the loss of allied troops and to try convince Germany to surrender unconditionally. They refused to do so until they were totally conquered which showed what little regard Hitler had for the welfare of the German people.
The same case existed with Japan. The war was lost but they kept holding out. Thus, we had to drop the atomic bombs to cut down on the loss of allied troops(estimated to be 1,000,000 if we had had to invade the Japanese home islands and several times that among the Japanese) and to try to convince the Japanese military command to surrender unconditionally. They should have done so before the atomic bombs as Tokyo and the other industrial cities were already in ruins. But their mindset made it very difficult for them to accept defeat.