What does the US state department state – pardon the pun – if offensive (at least to muslims) cartoons are published about the prophet Mohammed:
„While we share the offense that Muslims have taken at these images, we at the same time vigorously defend the right of individuals to express points of view . . . Freedom of expression is at the core of our democracy, and it is something that we have shed blood and treasure around the world to defend, and we will continue to do so.“
The same department about cartoons depicting the secretary of state C. Rice – also in a way which could be deemed inappropriate or offensive:
„We encourage development of a free press but along with those freedoms come certain responsibilities, Secretary Rice is focused on doing her job. She knows that the United States is doing the right thing.“
Personally, I don’t find any of those Mohammed cartoons offensive. So I can’t really understand that – orchestrated – outrage of the muslim world.
The Rice cartoon is rather amusing.
But then, I’m probably just completely and utterly insensitive.