Even if we assume that the Newsweek story was the trigger for the riots, why are the neocons so concerned with blaming Newsweek rather than blaming the Muslims for rioting? I mean, if Christians had rioted after a similar report about the Bible with Christian prisoners, would we be giving them a pass?
Lawrence Auster has some thoughts on this here, here, and here.
My feeling on this is that if the neocons were to blame the Muslims rather than Newsweek, it would have to admit that the prospects for democratization, beyond a few staged elections where the whole country has to be shut down in order to keep security, are... er... not good.
That is all.