I think that the cartoons are a legitimate satire of current world attitudes. The whole point of the exercise was to show that you can't depict Islam in a negative light without suffering the threat of violence. We should also bear in mind that insulting Christianity or Jesus in the same way would result in the same reaction, abeit from a smaller proportion of the religious leadership. I think that there is a lesson to be learned from all this, and that is that we all need to take ourselves less seriously, and be a little more polite in our critisisms.