Democracy and public violence
For those who think the flag-burning, rioting, etc. over the Danish cartoons is purely an over-reaction by militant Islam... might be interested to note the highly reasonable and calm behaviour displayed by relatives waiting for news about the Egyptian ferry disaster:
Angry Egyptians seeking news of relatives lost aboard the ferry that sank in the Red Sea last week ransacked its owners' offices yesterday, setting fire to the furniture. A crowd hurled chairs, filing cabinets and air-conditioning units out of the first floor office in Safaga before piling them up and setting them alight...The crowd in Safaga, desperate for information about survivors, exceeded 1,000 at the weekend, scuffling with police and stoning officials... In Hurghada, another group of relatives tried to force their way into a hospital but were stopped by police
Rather than say, erm, queuing. The common denominator appears to be that in countries with a certain amount of violence and unrest, public violence becomes normalised as appropriate and everyday behaviour. This theory explains why there have been deaths in Afghanistan but less so elsewhere (if you look up Bahrain on the BBC website you'll find only one reference to violence in the first 3 pages of results). Violence and unrest has various political, social and economic causes - it is not just a function of religion.
Am I right?