From a Western viewpoint, these protests over the film are misguided and pointless. I just saw a protester holding a sign that said:
"Obama! Our patience has its limit! Don't blame us if your citizens die! Blame yourself! You started it!"
What did Obama start? If they are referencing the video - Obama had nothing to do with that video. 0%. Zip. Nada. You can not hold one individual accountable for the actions of another individual. And why are you killing people anyway? How is that solving anything?
"The US charge d'affaires Richard Hoagland was summoned to the Pakistani Foreign Office and an official protest was lodged with him. He is reported to have responded that the US government had nothing to do with the film."
This is true. You can't complain to the US government about free speech. Even if it hurts your sensibilities. If a person in the US says something that legally doesn't harm anyone - for example - Mother Teresa was a child abuser and did witchcraft. The US is not responsible for that statement. The individual is. Therefore, protesting against the US government is 100% pointless, misguided, ineffective, and quite frankly childish.
Oh, and when a group of men attack Benghazi, rape and kill the US Diplomat Chris Stevens who loved & helped your country, that makes you evil gay sodomizers. Why in the world would a man rape a man? Isn't that forbidden in Muslim countries/Islam? In my Western mind - that is much worse than insulting a prophet. I guess that shows how much Libyans appreciate the assistance they got from the US last year?
*disclaimer: Mother Teres was not a child abuser and did not do witchcraft. That was just an example.*