So what do we do, break it up into several hundred city states? That would sure make getting at the oil easier.
IIRC, the Ottoman Empire had a lively time of governing the middle east too. The Sultan was always worried about some provinical governor getting ideas and trying to take over his job, not withstanding the taking of family hostages and ruthless elimination of rivals, including the Sultan's own siblings.
After WW I, I think some of the problem can be laid at the British doorstep. One of their favorite colonial governing tactics was to set rival factions off on each other so that they'd be too busy to bother with the occupying power.
I was sent to Japan for 6 weeks in 1985 to work on a joint project of my employer and a large Japanese company. Coming off the plane, I was struck by how much the Japanese landscape resembled the set of some B-grade sci-fi movie. Later I discovered beautiful french pastries filled with sweet bean paste instead of the western traditional sweet filling. Milkshakes at "McDonaldo's" where bizzare - short on milk, long on shake and the flavoring came as a jelly in a separate packet! I felt like I was a visitor to an alien planet. I came to the realization that trying to look at Japan or any other culture through American/western eyes just wasn't possible.
Aliens aren't coming: they're already here and they live in places like Cairo, Damascus, Baghdad, Karachi, Deli, Bangkok, Beijing and Tokyo! They may look like us and have the same needs for shelter, food and security, but they don't think like us, don't have the same mindset and don't have our values. Trying to impress our culture on their situation is not going to work IMO.
If you don't think for yourself, someone else will do it for you!