"Every war marks the very lowest level to which humanity sinks."

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PLEASE NOTE: Paddy's not around today, she's finally getting her long awaited eye surgery, so posting may be a little lighter today. The good news: She'll be able to see out of both eyes!

Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

The price of war

Re "Remembering California's war dead," Nov. 6

You cite figures indicating that there have been 6,204 U.S. military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a veteran of World War II, I can still remember the wounds and suffering of that long-ago time. Veterans Day will soon be upon us, and it should bring home the fact that every war really represents a failure of humans to conduct their affairs in a sensible and civilized way. Dead soldiers are victims even more than they are heroes.

Let us stop celebrating war remembrances in terms of heroics and patriotism and instead recognize that every war marks the very lowest level to which humanity sinks. We should honor the fallen, but more so we must be peacemakers who thwart the creation of future generations of wasted young men and women.

Jack Rothman
Los Angeles

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