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War changes the rules

July 30, 2009

Re "Backgrounder: Parsing the rules of war," Opinion, July 26

As quoted in your article, Gen. Curtis LeMay was right: "All war is immoral."

We often have to fight to defend and to protect, but once that begins, humans becomes inhuman. The death or mutilation of a buddy creates a desensitization of what might once have been a functioning social being. The enemy is no longer a living organism, and that reference point is often transferable to the civilian populations. Thoughts of humanity are zeroed out of the equation, not necessarily to win a war but to survive.

And anyone who thinks they can make up proper rules of war while sitting in an air-conditioned office in Washington is delusional.

Jeff Miller

Los Angeles

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