You can tell alot about a society by the way they act when the lights go out. When the lights went out in Iraq, looting was the first thing that took place. Not only did the citizens pillage Hussein's palaces, they also destroyed each other's property as well. This is very hypocritical considering the Muslim/Arab world considers itself to be so civilized.
The logic of the Iraqis and the Arab world is so twisted. Even after destroying each other's homes and sabotaging their own infrastructure, the Iraqi's now want to stand up against their own liberators, the Americans - when they couldn't stand up to their own tormentor, Saddam Hussein.
Now that we've given them their freedom, they decide to riot, protest and ambush American soldiers? Where was their bravery when Saddam was brutalizing their country? If the Iraqi's really care about the welfare of their nation, why can't they work alongside the Americans, who have brought Democracy to them? Why can't they face their hardships the way we have this past weekend?
During the worst blackout in U.S. history, we proved that the American way of life doesn't stop when the lights go out. In NYC, Americans looked out for one another, handing out water, even sneakers to those walking the long miles home. The lights may have been missing, but American dignity and rule of law was there the whole time - something those desert nations can use plenty of.