What is the opinion of the group on the differences that would have been if the United States had suffered significant damage to the continental US in the second world war? If say Germany had developed some type of ultra long range bomber or rockets filled with gas and fielded them in large numbers and destroyed significant parts of the eastern seaboard? Of the major combatants we suffered by far the least amount of damage to our infrastructure and cities. Our civilians were not direct witness to the devastation and suffering that the citizens as the other belligerents were. If we would have had untold numbers of homeless, jobless, hopelessly starving civilians, and a free press that would have shown these images of our fellow American suffering in misery and dying on our own soil to the rest of the country, do you think it would have strengthened or weakened our resolve to free the world, and/or would it have made our people retract into a shell, the political will shifting to the safety of our shores at the expense of sacrificing England and the rest of Europe for Hitler and Stalin to fight over? Would we have sued for peace in the hopes that Hitler would be satisfied with Europe and Japan with the portion of China and the Pacific that they held? Could the country have been subject to enough damage to our cities that we would have taken decades to rebuild the infrastructure? Could this forced modernization of the infrastructure have actually been a positive in the long run (as I have heard argued it was in Eurpoe and Japan)? Further, how would our political will to fight in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan been different? If our leaders of today had witnessed New York in ruins, as today's leaders of Europe witnessed their own lands devastated, would we have been as willing to jump into the above mentioned conflicts? (I for one have never been one to condemn France for not supporting our invasion of Iraq, if I had seen as much blood spilled on my country's soli as engulfed France in the 1st half 0f the 20th century I might not support ANY country's war) Lastly, would we be perceived as a superpower if we couldn't protect our cities even with thousands of miles of oceans separating us from our enemies and allowed billions of dollars damage to our infrastructure and tens if not hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths? I know I'm asking for this to be looked at from numerous different angles and possibilities, however any comments on any portion of the questions is of course welcome. If this has been discussed before please point me to the thread, I did do a search and did not find anything.