So I'd say nerdalert and Jerry both have good points. At cruel as it sounds, the atom bombings may have saved many lives in the long run. At the same time though, it was still morally wrong to target a densely packed city. Would it have scared the Japanese equally if America targeted a small village or national monument? No way to really tell, but it's interesting to consider that alternate version of history.
Also other cities were wiped out by mass bombing during BATTLES, notably Warsaw and Manila which each saw in over 100,000 deaths and in terms of percentage, were the most wiped out cities ever.
But if you want a serious answer, I looked up the bombing of Darwin and it killed "only" 236 people. That would be considered a lot in modern times, but barely anything during World War 2. Also, the bombing in Darwin was a single day thing, whereas most of the cities here were bombed repeatedly for months, sometimes years. With all due respect to those who lost their lives in the Darwin raid, I think the fact that I have never heard it nor learned about it in school suggests it wasn't a particularly important event in the history of World War 2.
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