Since the time I learned of the Newsweek error and its consequences, I have been asking myself: "OK, it looks like the story is false, but even if it were true, should such a desecration of the Koran result in a riot and the death of innocents?" That is one aspect of the matter that has been largely undiscussed. Sacred symbols of my faith are desecrated all the time (most recently on national TV), but no one in my church even thinks about rioting.
Dennis Prager, at last, is asking questions about this and making some judgments. After making some points about the news media's lack of responsibility in time of war, he notes:
It is quite remarkable that many Muslims believe that an American
interrogator flushing pages of the Koran is worthy of rioting, but all the torture, slaughter, terror and mass murder done by Muslims in the name of the Koran are unworthy of even a peaceful protest.
Nevertheless, one will have to search extensively for any editorials condemning these primitives in the Western press, let alone in the Muslim press. This is because moral expectations of Muslims are lower than those of other religious groups. Behavior that would be held in contempt if engaged in by Christians or Jews is not only not condemned, it is frequently "understood" when done by Muslims.
UPDATE: Cheat Seeking Missiles has additional good thoughts and links on this.