Almost every country in the middle east has, or had, a leader/ruler who has or does rule with an "iron fist". It's been that way since to days of Christ. That's all the know in those regions. I doubt forced change by the west will ever accomplish anything. We are not them. They think differently than we do. We can't change them. They can't change us. We all just need to learn to live with each other, apologize for our wrongs, make amends, and go on with our own lives and stop forcing change on each other. It's didn't work in Vietnam, never worked in Cuba, or central America, middle east, Africa or anywhere else.
I think it about time governments clued in. But you know what? They won't.
When Obama got elected, I thought to myself, "here is a man of peace and change". Boy.........what a putz I was to believe that. Now we have Libya, an African conflict that could now drag on for years to come, bringing the entire northern region of Africa with it.
Again, Libya was none of our business. Perhaps this is about oil, or something.............and i'd hate to think the world be that sinister.