As was perhaps inevitable. From AP, with thanks to WHM:
QALAT, Afghanistan – Police killed four people Wednesday as Afghans enraged over drawings of the Prophet Muhammad marched on a U.S. military base in a volatile southern province, directing their anger not against Europe but America.
The U.S. base was targeted because the United States “is the leader of Europe and the leading infidel in the world,” said Sher Mohammed, a 40-year-old farmer who suffered a gunshot wound while taking part in the demonstration in the city of Qalat.
“They are all the enemy of Islam. They are occupiers in our country and must be driven out,” Mohammed said.
Wednesday’s violence began when hundreds of protesters tried to storm the U.S. base, said Ghulam Nabi Malakhail, a provincial police chief. When warning shots failed to deter them, police shot into the crowd, killing four and wounding 11, he said.
Flying rocks injured eight police and one Afghan soldier, he said….
Wednesday’s riot erupted despite an appeal from Afghanistan’s top Islamic organization, the Ulama Council, for an end to the violence.
“Islam says it’s all right to demonstrate but not to resort to violence. This must stop,” senior cleric Mohammed Usman told The Associated Press. “We condemn the cartoons but this does not justify violence. These rioters are defaming the name of Islam.”
Once again, the appeal is to the harm they are causing to Islam, not to harm they are causing to others.
In France, President Jacques Chirac asked media to avoid offending religious beliefs as another French newspaper reprinted the caricatures. The satirical French weekly Charlie-Hebdo also printed a new drawing under the headline “Muhammad Overwhelmed by the Fundamentalists” that showed the prophet with his head in his hands, remarking, “It’s hard to be loved by idiots.”