("A" and "X" are substitutes).
1) What does "A" stand for? What does "X" stand for?
2) Who said this, where and when? (Usual rules: No Google/Wiki/Whatever).
3) What else might "A" and "X" stand for, apart from the originals?
Note: #3 does not have a definitive answer.
Update: Here's the original quote:
"I started to look at Washington in a more sustained way. What I saw repelled me. On all sides, positions were hardening. Those who supported the war sneered at those who opposed it. Each side demonized the other. Some of the antiwar demonstrators were repulsive: self-righteous, snarling, judgmental in the worst way. The supporters of the war were repulsive in a different way, prepared to fight to the last young man."
From "June 5 1968: The Last Hours of RFK", by Pete Hamill, New York magazine, May 26 2008.
The war Hamill refers to is Vietnam.
As I mentioned in a comment here, posting this without the context was a less successful exercise than I anticipated -- the lines became too generic and thus meaningless.
Still, the reason I posted this was that when I read these lines I was struck by how they might apply to the Iraq war, or to various Indian wrangles. Reservations, Babri Masjid, take your pick.