I have to disagree with Mr. Lewis’ assessment in "As long as you're hated it's better to be feared" that “what they [the mullahs] have over us is sheer pig-headed fanaticism.” I wouldn’t call it that. By their own lights, they are engaged in uncompromising advancement of the Truth – which, according to them, happens to be Islam.
We, being a multicultural society with separation of the church and state, don’t have a similar passion, with the result that we are less lacking the will to confront mullah’s political ambitions than the will to confront their Truth – which is protected by our own taboo of politically correctness, even while there is plenty of argument that could dispose of Ayatollic ideology in no time at all.
The experience of the past - some of which I described here proves how deadly political correctness can be for those who espouse it. Unless and until we rid ourselves of taboos that hamper our public discourse, and fully restore our free speech rights, the mullahs have nothing to fear from us.