The US responds forcefully!! 
 
“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others”
 
 
How freakin’ pathetic can you get? I’m surprised we haven’t already offered to compensate the “victims.” This isn’t a rational response. It’s battered wife syndrome.
 
Meanwhile noted plagiarist Fareed Zakaria declares Al Qaeda is losing punch because governments sympathetic to it are coming into power, reducing its relevance. As he puts it, “It just means that the attacks [al Qaeda’s] don’t portend a larger and unending global struggle.
 
 
So, al Qaeda is becoming less of a factor because the dominant ideology of entire nations is now insufficiently differentiated from its own. But don’t worry because this expansion of this ideology from a few guys in caves to nations of millions does not portend a larger struggle.