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The terrible loss of innocent life is still the saddest part of this anniversary. Coming close, however, is the opportunities we’ve wasted to make anything good out of it.

After the Holocaust, people said “Never again” and they meant it to apply to all people of every stripe all around the world. Reality has fallen short of the ideal. But the ideal is still there. After 9/11, we have pretty much settled on “Never again to us.” Too often that has meant little more than concern for our own safety and security as Americans rather than the safety and security of all human beings.

At any rate, I now know why people still write letters to editors when newspapers fail to make mention of D-Day or Pearl Harbor. The emotional impact never truly goes away and it needs to be recognized each and every year.

I had to add just one more for today…

This photo collection puts that frozen Lego smile in a whole new light. It’s an unnerving successor to the 1970s-era yellow smiley face, since hijacked by MySpace advertisers.

I only wish the photographer had shaken the camera on his retake of Capa’s D-Day shot. You’ll know which one I mean if you grew up with the Time-Life history of World War II on a bookshelf somewhere in your house: