I’ve seen some comments here saying “why would anyone swap their monero for “tainted” bitcoin”. It’s a valid point, but I think atomic swaps lessen the impact and fear of exchanges delisting monero, which is huge. Let’s say most of the major exchanges that now list monero decide to de-list it due to government pressure. Without atomic swaps, that’s a problem. Someone with a pile of monero will not easily be able to sell it if need be. With atomic swaps, it’s not a problem at all. You merely swap your monero into bitcoin, and then sell it on an exchange.
I don’t know if this is obvious, or irrelevant. But just a thought I had.