I earlier suggested that the offendedness of the masses who committed arson and mayhem over the Danish cartoons was perfectly sincere. This is no doubt true by and large, but the story about the people who deliberately ignited the violence is less pretty. In an interesting article about Arab libertarians who are promoting classical liberalism (anonymously, of course) in the blogosphere, Jonathan Rauch links to a site where one of them points out that the notorious cartoons appeared on the front page of an Egyptian newspaper. Why aren't we boycotting Egypt, they wonder? They then pointed out how various authoritarian Middle East regimes benefited from the riots.
(Note: Rauch's article may only be available for a short while without a subscription to the National Journal.)