Finch I was not implying you said any of that. Infact the only part of my post which pertains directly to you has your name infront of it. It bothers me when people assume everything stated is directed at them. There are other people in this conversation so dont assume everything is directed at you.
Also your stats on research appear to only the biomedical field not weapons research or any other field unless I am reading them wrong. Saudi Arabia was only used as an example of one of the countries that has these problems, not as the only one. Also their government is very unpopular with the people and would face some serious challenges if the US gov't pulled their support. (Pakistan is also not middle eastern nor Arab, so they are likely not included in your stats, just as Iran may not be as they are Persian)
As for India it did not suffer under inept rulers apointed by the western powers during the mandate period so its a poor example. Now if you look at Africa it has many of the same conditions after WWII. Inept rulers appointed by western powers, artificial borders drawn up by the west, lack of development under colonialism, ect.
Av- The Ottoman empire was not ruled by Arabs nor Middle Easterns but was controlled by Turks (Seljuks) from central Asia not the middle east. Also the effects of Ottoman colonialism did not have as great an effect on the Middle East as did western colonalism. I am not arguing that one country was a better colonial occupier but only that western colonalism has had a very negative effect on the Middle East.
One last thing, people keep using Arab, Muslim, and Middle Eastern interchangably which they are not. Please try to use the correct word to describe the people or region you are refering to.