“…There’s no longer much meaning in asking whose ax is bloodier.”

The quotation in this entry’s title came to mind while writing the closing paragraphs of the last blog entry. Here is quote, in context:

What’s to be believed? Or does it matter at all? When mass murder’s been answered with mass murder, rape with rape, hate with hate, there’s no longer much meaning in asking whose ax is bloodier. Evil, on evil, piled on evil. Was there any justification for what they did-or was there? We only know what that thing says, and that thing is a captive. The Asian radio has to say what will least displease it’s government; ours has to say what will least displease our fine patriotic opinionated rabble, which is what, coincidentally, the government wants it to say anyhow, so where’s the difference?

—Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz.