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Sunday, March 21, 2004
Two U.S. Marines killed in Iraq

"In later years I served the Emperor
Conrad -- and my good works so gained his favor
that he gave me the girdle of his knighthood.

I followed him to war against the evil
of that law whose adherents have usurped --
this, through your Pastors' fault -- your just possessions.

There, by that execrable race, I was
set free from fetters of this erring world,
the love of which defiles so many souls;

From martyrdom I came unto this peace."

-- Paradiso XV 139-148 (tr. Mandelbaum)