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Baldur von Schirach

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If he descended from heaven today
the great warrior who beat the money-traders
you would shout your "crucifige!"
and nail him to the cross which he himself bore.

But he mildly smiles upon your hate:
"The truth will prevail, even if the bearer falls;
the faith will live, for I give my life ...
and stand tall at the cross for all warriors of the world."
Christ, The Flag of the Persecuted (Die Fahne der Verfolgten), page 51

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If today he descended from Heaven, the great warrior who struck the moneychangers. You would once again shout crucify! And nail him to the cross that he himself carried. But he would gently laugh at your hatred. The truth remains even when your bearers are passed. Faith remains, because I give my life... And the fighter of all the world towers on the cross.

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"And those who say, 'I get fat on war, and my belly matures on it!'"
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Robert M. Pirsig
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