U.s. history interrogate??have need of quote translated?

"it was too much to expect that vice could be checked by virtue...relied instead upon checking vice with vice..."
They be hoping doing the wrong thing would be corrected by people desiring the right thing...instead they realize the only way they could get relations to stop doing one bad thing was to use another doomed to failure thing to control it.

For example local people groups didn't stand against communisim so The US supported Al Qaeda to stop the spread of communism.

Or legislation and threats to help regulate the financial open market because people won't look out for the good of others, only themselves.

Stuff approaching that.
it was too much to expect that vice ( moral weakness) could be checked or contrasted by virtue (doing what is right n avoiding what is wrong)

instead vice was compared to vice which would not serve any purpose.

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