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Strephon: Tragic hero or incompetent fool

And enforced conspicuous consumption, to prevent the accumulation of warchests, plus hostages in Tokyo.

Though as I understand it, Louis Quatorze did the same.
And sometimes the outcome must occur, because the alternatives are far worse. In the new Dune movie, Duke Leto did not need a Mentat to tell him that accepting the Emperor's command and going to Arrakis was a bad thing, Not accepting would have meant House Atreides was defying the will of the Emperor with worse consequences.
Come on, give Strephon a break! Dude lost his wife and daughter! He's in mourning, probably with a big dollop of survivor's guilt. Little wonder why his judgement is off.