The popular image of Iranians is of an irrational people bent on war. These average Iranians show just how wrong this is.
With its brutality, the Egyptian military is undermining any salvageable legitimacy of the post-coup government and strengthening the political position of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Turkey's ongoing identity crisis may impact its future in the EU, as a recent poll shows that two-thirds of Turks no longer favor EU membership.
If democracy is to succeed in the Middle East, the ruling faction must be committed to protecting the rights of the minority and working within a constitutional framework. That is not happening.