‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).
I can't get behind this "blame the victim" mentality you're espousing. Do we blame a raped woman for being out alone at night or dressing provocatively? Of course not. So why should we blame the victims in this case?
It's the perpetrators who were 100 percent at fault in this case. Deadly force is a vast overreaction to something as silly as a cartoon, and the criminals were rightly shot dead in order to protect the innocent.
Giving their cause any sense of legitimacy would, in my opinion, be a mistake.
If Muslims wanted to peacefully protest the cartoon event by picketing, raising public awareness, or arranging a boycott of some sort, you would have a point. However, when you storm the meeting with guns drawn, you and your cause lose legitimacy in the eyes of the public, and your likelihood of obtaining any conciliation decreases.
"A traffic officer working after-hours as security for the event and armed only with a service pistol killed both men, who were wearing body armor and carrying assault rifles, Garland Police Department spokesman Joe Harn told reporters Monday.". -CNN
Now that is a badass Texan cop right there! Garland you rock.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Here is the ISIS reaction to the shooting:
"Allahu Akbar!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire
If there is no check on the freedom of your speech, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions."
Anyone still want to blame the victims here?
You really think him not saying anything about Memories Pizza is "tacitly approving"?
Oh, and your "not one liberal" line is a total lie; plenty of liberals here, the ones you incessantly whine about, criticized the death threats in that case and others. And NOBODY has "tacitly approved" "mob violence to silence free speech." It's like you live on another planet.
Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.