There are a couple of points I couldn’t work into my last post that I want to include here. I tend to think that the simplest explanations are best and I think that the greatest single problem in the Arab world is factionalism. In that light the Arab world’s problem isn’t Israel or colonialism. Those are just pretexts and they’re explained by factionalism rather than causing it. The Arab world’s tyrannical leaders exploit the factionalism to promote their own power and wealth.
The second point is that Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey are all vying for leadership of the Muslim world and there can be only one. Don’t expect any lasting alliance between Iran and Turkey. Their interests are opposed. And each of their interests coincide only tangentially with ours.
And even less don’t expect a Muslim world to unite against us or anybody else on anything but the most temporary of bases.