When all else fails, I'll make it a matter of self respect
Yes, the Pope's comments regarding Islam were not well thought out. But think about the implication of that statement. Basically that means: "Well he should have known Muslims would react with violent anger." Isn't this the sad truth we should be focusing on?
Call us violent and we'll kill you. We saw the reaction with the Danish cartoons and now we're seeing it here. Benedict wasn't wrong to make the speech, he was stupid to make it, but he had every right to do it. Too bad it isn't going to provoke the dialogue between religions he hopes it will.