A couple of revealing links: Hypocrisy on both sides of the Muhammad cartoon war
The first link reveals that an Egyptian newspaper El Fagr actually published the controversial cartoons in October, 2005 without provoking any widespread protests within the country. To be fair, the cartoons were shown with Arabic commentary describing them as examples of Islamophobia and intolerance. But then again I'm sure some of the other papers that republished the cartoons condemned the offensive and provocative nature of the content even if they defended the right of a newspaper to publish them. Is it time to boycott Egyptian goods too? :)
The second revealing example of hypocrisy comes from the original offending newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, itself. Apparently, only two years prior to their publication of the Muhammad cartoons, the same paper refused to publish some Jesus cartoons which were much less offensive. I think this tells you a lot about the underlying attitude and motivation of the paper. Yes, it is true that they did publish the original Muhammad cartoons on the grounds that they were fighting against intimidation of the free press by extremists. However, the Guardian article clearly demonstrates that the editors were willing to restrain their free speech when it involved Christian sensibilities, while they actually went out of their way to provoke Muslims with the Muhammad cartoons. In light of this, it's not believable that Jyllands-Posten's underlying motivation was solely to champion free speech, since if they were truly free speech champions they wouldn't have rejected publishing the Jesus cartoons on the grounds of them being too offensive. I think it's ridiculous to deny that part of what motivated the editors of Jyllands-Posten to print the cartoons was some degree of contempt for Islam and the Muslim immigrants of Denmark.
By the way, here is one of the more insightful and measured assessments of the whole cartoon controversy that I've seen so far. I don't agree with everything she says, but I think her entry is one of the more reasonable I've seen out there so far. I plan on posting some more of my own opinions on this issue soon.