tragic temptations

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ironman2012

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Chinese
Hi,

A nation informed by a vivid understanding of the ironies of history is, I believe, best equipped to manage the tragic temptations of military power.

(This comes from my English reading material Folly’s Antidote by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. It originates from The New York Times.)

I can understand "strong/great temptations", but what does "tragic temptations" mean?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • ironman2012

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    It seems it's "the consequence of temptations is tragic", not "temptations are tragic", right? But I still don't understand why?
     
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