Hello and welcome to the 21st century
You feel insulted? Go live in the friggin' desert.
Hello! Welcome to the 21st century. Things have changed a lot in the past millenium. Nowadays, there are moving pictures that let you "watch" real things happening in real places all over the world (it's round, by the way). You can write a letter and send it across that self-same world in a split second. You like porn? it's all there....
Here's a trick you may not know. Your eyes... they close. Your mind... it makes decisions. You no likey porn? you no go to www.sex.com.
Pretty simple, innit?
So, what's the big deal? A few caricatures... right... let's blow up the world, that's an appropriate reaction.
Let me tell you a story... A Danish author was writing a book about the Prophet and founder of Islam, Mohammed. He complained that no one would illustrate his book. A big Danish newspaper challenged anyone to make those illustrations and promised to publish them. That happened on September 30th.
One young Imam felt insulted. Instead of doing what normal people would do, SUE those involved, he tried to ignite the masses. The Danish muslims weren't completely infuriated as (they seem to have mastered those two aforementioned tricks)... so the Imam took the caricatures, added a few that were not part of the story, but that would definitely incite anger (the prophet as a pig, the prophet as a dog); very blunt caricatures that would easily light the cummulative fuse of the muslim world... and toured the muslim capitals, showing these photos and building up anger....
wham... bam... burn the embassies! Acting like terrorists ought to show the world that you're not.... That makes sense.
Down with Europe. Ignorant fools. Death to this and that... What a prosperous industry. We produce banners, t-shirts, molotov cocktails... Give us a name, any name, and you can have your "death to ..." within the hour. Burn yourself, it's all for a good cause. Blow yourself up, that'll send a message.
Welcome to the 21st century. We discuss our problems, we try to meet on middle ground, we try to resolve conflict by dealing with its root. You see the everyone and everything as your enemy, you see violence as the only way, you blow yourselves up.
Welcome to the 21st century. The struggle of our day is not one between the east and the west. It's a struggle between ignorance and knowledge. You've chosen your side.