Looks like you miss some of the finer points of poker. Sorry if you cant see the added layers of complexity from having 100 people whos hands you do not know or exact motives and plans.
Let me ask you this, what is the highest level probability course you have taken? I will not go into game theory as that would derail this whole discussion but it's something you might want to look into.
Iraq, Afghanistan both have chances to have well functioning democracies if they can overcome tribalism, corruption, sectarian fighting etc.
Yes, all those 10 year periods before either Britain or the US decides to declare war on them is plenty of time for a stable, democratic regime to form from the last brutal dictatorship that was imposed on them.
Well its possible in Saudi Arabia that is would have fallen. But the house of Saudi has proven they are adept at keeping power. Even if oil does help.
The country didn't exist until 1902, by 1930 it was so far in debt that it could not pay the annual tribute to the desert tribes. If it wasn't for the consessions and money that came of those Ibn Saud would have lost the country due to the simple fact he couldn't afford to keep it running.
At one time the region was united and was the leader in science and freedom.
And before that it wasn't, was, wasn't, was, what's your point?
And I do not believe for a minute that its all the fault of outside influence.
Ottoman influence doesn't count?