The more and more information that comes out on the cartoons and the more of an orchestrated jackup it looks. Andrew Sullivan deals with two myths:
* That Islam has not allowed depictions of the Prophet
* That ridicule of religion is impermissible in Islam
With proof coming out about Dutch Imans including fake cartoons of Muhammed as a pig etc, and that an Egyptian newspaper published the cartoons back in October it looks very obvious that some extreme elements have deliberately gone out of their way to use this to foster hatred against the West.
One beneficial aspect of the whole ridicolous issue has been the number of cartoons about the cartoons. Go here for 20 pages worth of cartoons from around the world.