I think when you go out of your way to piss people off, you should be put on a plane and look them in the eye.
There's no heroism in sitting in your fancy office and deciding to put these cartoons in your paper.
But of course, SOME Arabs overreacted. Just like some Yanks would overreact when I would claim that the USS Reagan carrier, carries the name of a traitor who negotiated, behind his presidents back, with the enemy (Iran) to hold on to the hostages untill after the election. Not that I'm saying this.
I'm just showing how easy it is to piss people off.
And of course, there's another thing to consider. Blacks can use the N-word. Others can't. Jews can make jokes about jews. And so on.
I personaly know some Muslim people and most are very laid back about their religion. There's only a couple of things you can't do, and that is redicule Allah and Mohammed. Other than that, you're ok.