What difference does it make to the average Iraqi whether the pope apologized or not?
It takes time away from real matters of concern. Plus, it gains them street-cred in the community: See, this is how angry I get when some fancy Christian insults Islam. AAARGH!
I saw angry young men burning the flags of America and Israel, and I still can't figure out the connection they saw between Israel or Jews and the pope!! In fact the continuous pathetic attempts to blame the west and Israel for everything shows clearly that the motives of such demonstrations are political not religious.
Well, in their minds, there isn't any difference between the religious and the political. That's why they call the US a crusader in the classical sense.