When Egyptians stormed the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the diplomats took to their computers and mobile devices — and blamed an American video for stirring up the locals. But the Embassy’s tweets against the movie and “religious incitement” instantly came in for more criticism, from Americans who thought the diplomats had conceded far, far too much — like basic principles of free speech.
Right, because... that's what happened. A group of people made a movie that contained content another group of people didn't like. I mean, they really got their shorts in a bunch. And a group of people merely being offended is apparently enough for the US Embassy in Cairo to think it proper to abridge the freedom of speech. If it wasn't also posted on the Embassy's official website, I'd still be waiting to hear that this whole thing was just a prank from a parody account on Twitter.
Is that really the standard we'd want to set? You're free to say whatever you want! Speak truth to power! Fight for what's right, even when it's unpopular! Oh, so long as you don't offend someone. So tread lightly.