I'm tryiing to picture in my mind what excuses we will hear in 30 years for why The Confederacy of Iranqistan is a toxic garbage dump with scraggly mutants lurching across the blasted landscape? Seriously - at some point you have to stop overanalyzing your failures and your hatreds and you have to move on and make something of something. Or not - and you just become another one of the world's permanent failures and we can all move on to something better.
I'm trying to think of another instance in world history where an entire region and whole cultures have had their hands on the lever of so much wealth and potential power and have actually gone backwards for decades. I can't think of one. Not even central Africa, since most of that wealth is still untapped in the ground.
We talk or like to talk about empire and the Late Great USA but what about the middle east? They are being eclipsed by everyone. By any dimension of progress they are all failing or poised on the brink of implosion. And their response is not only to do nothing at all, but to blame and threaten everyone else.
If I were a middle class Arab in an Arab state, I'd be making plans to bail.