For those who doubt the truth of this rule of life, there are plenty of other examples. Take the Cold War. Those who lived through it well recall that those who refused to confront communism vilified those who did. Indeed, they vilified anyone who merely labeled communism evil. When President Ronald Reagan declared the Soviet Union an "evil empire," he was excoriated by those who refused to do so. Yet, if the words "evil" and "empire" have any meaning, they perfectly applied to the Soviet Union.But to those who opposed Reagan, these words could not be applied to the Soviet Union. New York Times columnists lambasted the president for using such language. The newspaper's most prestigious columnist at the time, James Reston, condemned Reagan for his "violent criticism of Russians as an evil society."