Just found this article about the ‘Hirsi Ali case’, written by Sam Harris and Salman Rushdie: http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/09/news/edrushdie.php.
It seems to me that Harris and Ali make the same mistake: identifying the root of extremism in religion itself. They offend people that do not support the inhuman extremes of their religion, and pushes them to extremist positions themselves. There are so many examples that oppressing people generates extremism. One might even see the whole problem we have with moslim extremism now, as caused by the colonial past of the west, which it still can’t get rid of. Islam is then just the banner under which the islamic countries unite.
In my opinion the west (or atheists) should not yell around that they are right, but act in a way that gives them right in the long run. Labelling others as ‘the enemy’ (as evil) makes them ‘real enemies’ (or devils).