As for your question on whether or not our pride is so valuable, I don't think it's a question of pride so much as a question of basic principles and core values. Even though we know how some cultures will react to certain book burnings, intentional or not, we should not forget our principles and what we see as basic rights. Whenever we witness these rights being completely torn to shreds by another culture, we have an obligation to forcefully stand up for what we believe in. So, even though I basically agree with you that it will not change anything in places like Afghanistan, even though I understand the need Obama felt to apologize for a mistake, I don't think the average person should silence their outrage. It most certainly will not save any soldiers' lives and may in fact put them in even more danger, but no one ever said freedom came at no cost.