“The publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed has caused offence to Muslims and non-Muslims around the world and in Canada.
“Freedom of expression is a legally enshrined principle in Canada, but it must be exercised responsibly. We commend those Canadians who have acted appropriately.
“However, we condemn the violent protests that have occurred in some parts of the world, and find the attacks on foreign diplomatic missions particularly deplorable.
“This sensitive issue highlights the need for a better understanding of Islam and of Muslim communities. Respect for cultural diversity and freedom of religion is a fundamental principle in Canada. The Government of Canada will continue to promote a better understanding of Islam internationally, in partnership with Muslim communities.”
One tepid protest against the riots and attacks that have killed people, and a whole lot of bowing and scraping before a bunch of fanatics who can be whipped into a frenzy at a moment's notice. The same fanatics who think nothing of killing others in the name of Islam.
And to top it all off, praise for the Canadian media for acting as cravenly as most of their counterparts in the rest of the free world, and presumably, for the Islamic community for not rioting in our streets as a result.
Ministers come and go, but the diplomatic mindset is eternal.
Source: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade