This is not directed at anyone in particular... this is just my own thoughts.
The word "Friend" when applied to LiveJournal is a misnomer. The correct phrase should be something to the effect of "Someone whose LiveJournal I want to see, and who I want to see my Friends-Only entries"
A LiveJournal "Friend" does not necessary have to be a real life friend.
If someone is a real-life friend and removes you from their LiveJournal "Friends" list, it does not mean that they are no longer your real-life friend.
Conversely, if someone adds you as a LiveJournal "Friend", that does not necessarily make them a real-life friend.
I am seeing so many examples of people who are complaining when someone removes them from their LiveJournal "Friends" list, it concerns me that people are taking LiveJournal "Friends" too seriously.
If any of you were to remove me from your LiveJournal "Friends", I would recognise that as your right, and although I would wonder why (in most cases), I certainly would not make a big issue of it.
At the end of the day... LiveJournal aside... I know who my real friends are. If they remove me from LiveJournal "Friends", they are still my friends.