Point #2. Is it possible that the protests have nothing to do with "cartoons" but everything to do with Iran getting sent to the Security Council? These cartoons were 6 months old, all of a sudden, just this week, it suddenly becomes such an issue that has resulted in death and distruction around the world.
In my opinion, these protests are nothing but a loaded gun that has been laid on the table of every European Government and the mesage is clear:
"Back off Iran, or we will set your cities aflame".
These protests are angry and they are aimed not at generating sympathy or seeking redress from the population at large for a "wrong that must be righted", that is not the message on those placards.
They want blood. They want to be clear to anyone watching that they are dangerous, for that is their clearly stated message. You dont words like "Slay", Butcher" and "exterminate" if your interested in changing government policy. The use of violent public protest is on a par with the suicide bomber, its a weapon we havent quite figured out how to fight, and the Islamists know this. We assign automatic virtue to any protest and the Islamists also know this.
In my opinion, this is no more about "Blasphemous Cartoons" than the reichstag fire was about the German Communist Party.
See also point 4.