Amen. That about covers it, including one very notable pre-9/11 excuse for outrage.
Let us not confuse protest with lawlessness. Let us not confuse insult with insanity. And most importantly of all, let's not confuse religion with violent radicalism.
What did we start with? An insult to those who practice the Muslim faith. Thou shalt not depict an image of the prophet Muhammad. It was a stupid, insensitive thing for a satirist to do. But you've got to see the irony of violent protest after a caricature of Muhammad bearing a bomb in his turban. By reacting the way they did, these protesters gave the cartoonist an audience, and justification for his metaphor. How productive was that?
Somewhere where politically correct discussions are not held, there are folks laughing their butt off. Sad...
It's easy for us Americans to see this. We've done and experienced it all. And now that this nonsense happens elsewhere - after the rest of the world looked down upon us for decades - there are folks shaking their heads.