Before we ask, "Why can't they get their act together?" we must first acknowledge the role our "democratic" societies played in encouraging repression by the state, and in using sectarian and tribal differences to divide and conquer nations.
It has always been about access to oil and other natural resources. I know Americans especially hate that over-simplification, but really... What other explanation is there? Because we cared so much about sandy Muslim lands? And then there are the words of our leaders and diplomats who admitted as much.
Folks, git yerselves edumacated!
By Adam Curtis
May 11, 2012 | BBC