There are some individual Muslims who think that this latest event of the Danish Cartoons is just something that is taking place in isolation. For these Muslims, this is just another opportunity to heap scorn on their fellow Muslims who are expressing their outrage (however terribly flawed their strategies of protest might be). In many ways, they mimick the anti-Muslim/Islam mainstream corporate press in the way they use images to belittle Muslims protesting. What these individuals do not understand is how these images are manufactured to send a specific message: Muslims are all crazed fanatics.
The anti-Islam/Muslim sentiments that Europe and the United States are perpetuating is nothing new. If anything, the latest episode should be looked upon as a final straw in a long string of horrible attacks against Muslims.
But also dangerous are some of the responses of those individual Muslims who are going about saying "do nothing" or belittling the boycott efforts. These Muslims lack a historic perspective, and have a shallow understanding of the trajectory of anti-Islam/Muslim rethoric that reaches ever new heights in Europe and the United States.
This rethoric is not something to be taken lightly - all one needs to do is pick up any German and other European newspapers leading up to the holocaust against Jews and many other communities, and we can begin to understand the seriousness of these so-called "private freedom of press" cartoons. The total demonization of Islam and Muslims is nothing less than a step towards characterization of these communities as an evil that needs to be dealt with - and a step away from Europe pondering on the Muslim question, same as they pondered over the Jewish question just a few decades ago. After all, it was only a bare few months back that the French Interior Minister who, in the heat of the Paris "riots," labled the French youth of North African background as "vermin" and "scum."
The do-nothin' crowd would have Muslims just lay down and smile - while Europe and US tighten their screws and continued their demonization of Muslims. Such an attitude can only lead to an ever worsening situation, one where it is accepted that Muslims have no right to protest, and no right of boycott - the only right that Muslims have is to be silent, and give Islam=Peace khutbas (no accents allowed) approved by imperial governments. These attitudes are infact nothing new, they are rooted in ultra-loyalist attitudes that existed amongst some Japanese Americans during WW II, and even amongst some Jews of Europe.
Muslims protest could certainly use substantial refinement, but, in this context, if there is a rotten state - it lies squarely in the European court. And to not engage in serious protest at this juncture is to invite even more horrible events a few months down the line.