The religion aspect is interesting.
Nobody says "Follow me! I want to be the one with the bullet proof Merc, billions in Switzerland, a pad in London and high class prostitutes for a change!"
No, they say "I will ensure the prophesies of the scriptures come true for all of you!" Notwithstanding of course that the prophesies are not supposed to come true. That's the point of religion, jam tomorrow.
Sadly, such a stance can indeed turn on you. Also, you end up being hamstrung with the constraints of said religion, which in the case of the Arab world is predominantly Islam. So the wishes of the West regarding democracy and freedom for all are not worth the speeches they were formed on.
The dictators are shitting themselves because it is one thing to keep the masses poor so they don't have the means to oust you, but international information about how the rest of the world lives is cheap and easy to get hold of. Mobile phones nearly all get web pages these days and access is easy. The dictators allowed it not realising what they had done...
So the future? Hopefully post dictatorship governments realise the need for a social program for their population and an open society to keep the West off their backs. After all, if they are lucky enough to have oil, they need the West, whether they like our hypocrisy or not.