I don't get the whole cartoon of the Prophet furor. Why should Muslims "be able to take a joke" and accept the non-Muslim world's definition of good taste? Would the same newspapers print a cartoon showing Jesus taking it up the ass or a woman being raped? No? Too offensive? Well, that's my point.
The very fact that so many newspapers printed these cartoons--knowing they were considered blasphemous--demonstrated a disrespect so basic and fundamental that it makes me wonder why we (the so-called free world) can't figure out why Muslims think they need to fight us. The very fact that so many newspapers printed these cartoons--knowing the violent reaction that would follow--was so irresponsible that it makes me question my choice of professions.
Here's another one for you: Why was Newsweek battered into an apology for its report that US soldiers desecrated the Koran (despite a strong whiff of truth to the story, it didn't meet the legal or even journalistic standards of proof) while all the newspapers who printed the cartoon are being defended as liberal muckrakers? The violent results were the same.