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Must the politician
Each one of us asks this question when we hear the lies and horror
stories that Germany’s enemies spread throughout the world through
the press or radio.
Obviously a politician cannot wear his heart on his sleeve when
he is working for the success of his country. Only hypocrites and
innocent dreamers would demand that he speak openly about his plans.
Just as a businessman does not divulge his secrets to his rival,
so also in politics, with even greater justification, much must
remain a secret.
But there is an immense difference between discretion in business
and the rude slander of rivals in one’s private life.
For example, what would you say if a colleague of yours, whom you
regarded as a rival and who disliked you, were to spread the rumor
that your household is in disorder, that you murder small children
and rape defenseless women? Rest assured that in our country such
a person would soon be behind bars.
But the international politicians and journalists who slander entire
peoples in a shameless manner not only run around freely, they impudently
put on airs as the saviors of human culture. No lie is too crude
for them, no slander too vulgar they understand their craft.
Even in World War I they knew how to incite hate with the help
of atrocity propaganda. We all recall those daily lies of the “German
barbarian” who, “like a wild beast rages over the earth
and destroys everything in hate and the fury of annihilation, who
tortures children and delights in the tears of mothers,” as
a foreign paper once wrote.
In war, man stands against man. Each serves the fatherland in his
own way, and no soldier will deny the knightly convictions of a
noble opponent. Today, however, a cowardly gang of professional
agitators daily invents new lies and pictures from the safety of