"Democracy in the Middle East context means majority selection of which individuals get the power to oppress. Why would anyone have seriously believed that it would mean anything more than that? Certainly not from the history of the region."
While true, freedom of vote is the first step. It's not as if reform can occur overnight, give people the vote and all else will fall into place - it will take decades to achieve something that resembles (the far from ideal) western democracy
Unfortunately, attempts to improve the situation of the Middle East are only token gestures seeing as though the biggest problem, Israel, can not be dealt with by the west. The UK and USA have created a monster they are incapable of taming