BETTER A DEMOCRACY THAT HATES YOU THAN A DICTATORSHIP THAT LOVES YOU.
Nobody could have said it better than Nathan Sharansky -
Everybody knows that weapons of mass destruction are very dangerous in the hands of terrorists. But very few people understand how powerful weapons of mass construction can be in the hands the free world. There are so many skeptics, so many people who doubt whether Iraqis and Palestinians really want to live in freedom, or whether democracy in the Middle East is really such a good idea. But I lived under a totalitarian regime. I know the horrors of these regimes from the inside. I know they can be transformed. They won't be perfect, and they won't agree with us on every issue. But it is better to have a democracy that hates you than a dictatorship that loves you.
In any case, we are on our way. Just read Amir Taheri's The Road to Arab Democracy.