Yes, they certainly are. We keep thinking that given a choice the people of the middle east will choose what we would choose- but these people are not us, they have a very different heritage and think very differently than we do. Already the Iraqis free elections did not go as we had hoped and all signs that I see is that anti-Americanism is only increasing.
As I have said many times- the only smart thing for us (the US) to do is end our dependence on middle-eastern oil and get the hell out of their business. It's long pass time for the US to stop being the world's cop and nanny.