I feel that it is best for Islam that the moderate, peaceloving followers of Muhammad set the example and stand against the extremist. Those who go around burning things due to a cartoon or a comment about the Great prophet are acting childlessly and are shedding innocent blood, many of which are non combatants. The Holy Quran always said that if the idoloters seace or end thier hostilities, then so should the Muslims. The injunction of 'slay them whenever you find them, in the 33 rd sura or the 9th, refered to the instance in the prophet's life when He was attacked by the Quriesh in the battle of the ditch.
Please understand that Prophet Muhammad was the seal of the prophets and did what he had to do. The whole world is now exposed to Islam. He does not need Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaida, or any one to further his cause: He triumphed in the land! Muhammad never once shed the blood of the Innocent. Things got mixed up by successors, but the Quran always stayed the same. Those who shed the blood of the innocent in the name of Islam will soon face the wrath of the Mahdi, who comes to guide to the right path. If the state of Islam was right at this time, then there would be no need for the Mahdi and Jesus. "On the day when the Heaven burst asunder with clouds and the Angels are sent down as they are sent. That day Belongs to Allah. (somewhere in the 25th sura.). I suggest you so-called vangards of Islam pay attention to the meteorlogical and crustal events plauging the world, for these will be some of Mahdi's vehicles of chastisment, if He so chooses to use them.