How to extricate one's self or one's nation from a quagmire? Answer: When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. However, the question in the real world does not admit of any easy solution, like stopping digging, and becomes instead, why the digging continues, with occasional reference to who started digging in the first place.
This beautiful initial letter is "part of a 'Grotesque Alphabet' in which letters are formed by groupings of human figures and animals. What distinguishes this particular engraving is that it is one of the first sharply barbed social comments in the history of prints. It depicts two heavily armored knights slashing at one another while two unfortunate peasants are trampled beneath their horses."
Ralph Shikes, The Indignant Eye
When the elephants fight, the grass suffers. -- African proverb