I completely understand what he meant! But I think he underestimated the response to it, because we all know what happened when the caricatures about the prophet have been made!
I also think the response is exaggerated! Check below:
CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida in Iraq warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that its war against Christianity and the West will go on until Islam takes over the world, and Iran's supreme leader called for more protests over the pontiff's remarks on Islam.Source: AP
It's like there's a very thin line right now that's barely hanging! and it's going to break soon. Everyone should be highly careful about what they want to say.
I suggest complete paranoia and obsessive compulsive behavior! This should let everyone be over-cautious about what they say, thus no misunderstandings would result!
Finally, I think if we keep it up, the Xenophobia that is, a nice World War III will be knocking on our doors.