The rioting going on in many cities in the predominantly Muslim countries over the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper should not be viewed as a unique event. Rioting due to some kind of grievance has been a common occurrence in countries all over the world throughout history. The people that are most affected by the rioting are usually the poor or disadvantaged who happen to live in those parts of the cities where the rioting takes place. Even though these rioting people believe that through their acts of violence and destruction, they are making a bold statement against their perceived oppressors, they are only hurting themselves. Each shop or business that is affected will most likely not resume doing business there again because of the increased risk of recurrence.
In 1992, the Los Angeles riots, caused death and destruction so severe that even now almost fourteen years later, many of the stores and businesses have never returned. In South-Central, there are still shells of burned-out buildings that remain unchanged and makes this district look like a war zone. Supermarkets and other stores, which were looted, never re-opened. Who were the losers in this? The people who lived there. They had to travel very far to get basic services like shopping for groceries, banking, a haircut, etc. Not only that but the jobs that these businesses provided were also eliminated causing further hardship.
It has always amazed me how stirred-up violent passions can be so destructive. It is a process where the rioters are, in effect, punishing their very own families and neighbors by their actions. The problem is that the people that suffer in the aftermath are always the people that are the most vulnerable amongst us and in most cases they do not even know why the rioting took place in the first place.
I don't mean to criticize those who boycott and protest but when there is violence, destruction and death, it just does'nt make any sense.