I do not condemn all muslims. As there are in many faiths, there are muslims who are cultural, muslims who are moderate, those who are fundamentalist, and those who are radical. This is for you, the radicals.
I have seen the cartoons in question. They are widely available on the internet.
Originally, I questioned the wisdom of the Danish papers in publishing these cartoons. I thought that surely they would have had the good sense to avoid publishing something so offensive. Having seen the cartoons in question, I applaud the Danes for their actions. There are many things in society which are offensive; inequality, poverty, hunger, violence, sexism. These are simply drawings — ink and paper, nothing more. An appropriate response would be letters to the editor, or drawing a few cartoons of your own. Perhaps even non-violent protest.
Do you not see echoes of the Nazi brownshirts in the gangs of roving thugs killing people in the streets, smashing shop windows, and burning embassies?
Many Western papers, regrettably including the Globe and Mail here in Canada, have chosen not to publish. They have hidden behind words defending free speech, but called the republishing of the cartoons "gratuitous". They are cowards. If the majority of the world were to see these published, your tactics would be exposed for what they are: simple intimidation; the actions of a schoolyard bully.
I do not deny you the right to practice Islam in any fashion you wish.
I do not deny you the right to speak out when you believe you have been wronged.
I question the value of any belief system that must quell freedom of speech and freedom of thought by threat of violence in order to stay relevant in the lives of its followers. I am sorrowful for those who live in such tyranny.
And I condemn you for attempting to impose those same beliefs on the the rest of world by violence and the continued threat of violence.