While one can sympathize with free speech champions and endlessly debate this issue, I think it is important that free speech proponents give up this fight in the larger interest of the world. Not everyone in the world is educated enough to understand and appreciate the free speech views which are accepted and practiced in the western world. The supposed desire to spread freedom and democracy across the globe has already caused the Western World enough trouble. The world could do without the spread of one more western principle, at least for now.
Interestingly enough these cartoons were published four months back. The public outcry was the result re-publication of these cartoons!
It is heartening to see some Muslim organizations like the Free Muslim Coalition condemning the reaction in the Muslim world to these cartoons.