The average Westerner has been successfully brainwashed into believing that the Middle East is one homogenous tribal region where Muslim fundamentalists run amock and bomb all their enemies. You can't blame them really... most have never even left the United States, how are they supposed to know the truth?
You are right... most people are just living their daily lives there... going to work, meeting up with friends after work, going to school, doing homework, dealing with financial stresses, falling in love, raising families, etc. But that is not what the Western establishment wants the average person to think, because that paints too innocent a picture.
It is so sadly predictable... it is depressing really.