But that's not completely accurate either. There are numerous positive aspects that can be looked at as well. How about the UAE? While the Emirates isn't a democracy, it's a federation, and the governmental system is still quite effective at representing the will of the people. Qatar is an emirate/monarchy that also has a Prime Minister and council that are elected by popular vote. Kuwait is similar to Qatar, but with an elected council that is divided into national governor-districts. Even Egypt, after flirting with various political systems in the 50's/60's/70's has settled on more of a democratic system. Egypt's first national Presidential election took place in 2005, which was 2 years after the US invaded Iraq. Lebanon has steadily moved in the same direction... Yemen had its popular election for President 2 years ago. There is a larger picture that emerges. There are plenty of examples of democratically based systems in the Middle East that one could look at. Even after the situation in Iraq, the trend in the Middle East is to move toward democracy, not away from it.