The ONLY reason Lars Vilks made this picture was to provoke muslims. They try to claim they did it only to make sure freedom of speech is respected. Well, they're simply wrong, this has NOTHING with freedom of speech to do.
If it would've been about freedom of speech, then why don't we see caricatures of gay people in the papers? Simply because we know they'll feel disrespected, and will react to it. But because WE think a picture of Muhammad doesn't matter to us, it obviously does matter to them. So we just respect it and don't make pictures of him. It's not like it's impossible avoiding making pictures of him, right?
I could not disagree more. I think this was all about freedom of speach and the fundamental values of western society as a whole. The simple fact is that this picture should have been nothing more than an honorable mention in a local art magazine (if even that). Vilks picture was more of a question: Do we as a society have a compatibility problem with the radicalised Islamic society? The radicalised Islamic society answered the question through their reaction. The mere fact that it has gotten international attention quite eloquently demonstrates a real threat to freedom of speech around the world.
I think this artist is doing a great service by showing Sweden, the rest of the world how radicalised Islamic society is becoming in our own back yard and abroad. Tolerance is no longer a option, Sharia law the only option.