Well, I try not to get bogged down too much in politics, but I will say that this Charles Krauthammer column captures my opinions about the cartoons:
There is a "sensitivity'' argument for not having published the cartoons in the first place, back in September when they first appeared in that Danish newspaper. But it is not September. It is February. The cartoons have been published, and the newspaper, the publishers and Denmark itself have come under savage attack. After multiple arsons, devastating boycotts and threats to cut off hands and heads, the issue is no longer news value, i.e., whether a newspaper needs to publish them to inform the audience about what is going on. The issue now is solidarity.
The mob is trying to dictate to Western newspapers, indeed Western governments, what is a legitimate subject for discussion and caricature.Were they offensive? Maybe; personally I didn't see the original 12 as too bad, but then I wasn't offended by Piss Christ or the picture of Mary with elephant poop all over it. I have no problem with people peacefully protesting the printing of the cartoons, writing letters to the editor, etc. But once people start acting violently it is important to stand up for free speech. And the hypocrisy of papers like the NYTimes which publish images offesive to Christianity while refusing to publish the cartoons is stark, but not unexpected.