A common answer from the leftists is that yes, what I say is true, but we cannot make it into a public policy. In one respect they are right: pronouncements, policy, and the truth are not straightforwardly related.

Don’t practice what you say. Europeans know the difference between theory and practice. Or rather they know that every approach turns into its opposite if taken to the extreme. Tolerance and mercy are good, but absolute forgiveness provokes criminals. Freedom is great, but the extreme freedom of some injures others. Charity is necessary, but welfare states become socialist nightmares.

France proclaimed liberty, equality, and fraternity but practiced colonialism and harbored a rigidly stratified society less than reminiscent of universal brotherhood.

Idealists are surprised that their methods do not work, think they press insufficiently, and press more. Containment of the Vietnam communist regime led to defoliation campaigns, opposition to Castro brought a generation-long embargo on Cuba, and the democratization of Iraq created a failed state where murders are a daily routine. Ideals justify any damage to opponents but also to non-cooperative allies. Locals do not share the ideals, so the idealists have to shoulder the burden: American troops fought in Vietnam and Iraq.

Idealist Americans and Israelis with no experience of statehood took their pronouncements to the extreme and turned them into the absurd. Democracy is not Arab power to vote the Jewish state out of existence. Liberalism does not placate the enemy by giving him core Jewish lands. Sovereignty should not allow rogue states to develop nuclear weapons. Coexistence cannot mean coexistence with enemies.

Labels are dangerous when politicians don’t know where to stop.