And Kuwait proves another point I have made. Kuwait has a 50+ percent Arab population. However, it is the historical cultural mix that lifts it above the rest. Of all the examples of Muslim governments between Cairo and Islamabad, Kuwait is the exception to the rule and the example highly ignored by the rest. They have a very mixed culture in the aspect of tribe and religion. Without the Arab prescription of Sharia or Islamic dominance and monopolism, Kuwait's HDI (Human Development Index) is bested only by Israel ini the Middle East. Of course, having the American hand in the mix doesn't exactly hurt matters.
The general rule is that the furthest Muslim nations get from the heart of Islam, the healthier they tend to become (Kuwait, the extreme lone exception.) This is why Muslims can exist and prosper in a western democracy without fail like the rest of us. This is why a monopoly on religion has always proven to be a disaster for civilizations down through history. The very same rule existed for Christianity in the 16th century. The nations that spurned the Catholic church, which was/is seated at Rome were Britian, parts of Germany, and others. In the future, the absence of a single dominant religion and the presence of multi cultures and religion saw Britian beomce the most humane by far even in its colonies and Germany become the smart guys of western Europe. Doesn't Italy lag behind the rest today? And what of Spain? They were the Pope's greatest ally during this period of religious reform and only in the 1970s did they finally emerge from the dictator's category of organization.
There are so many trends in history that lead us to logical conclusions and help us predict probabe futures in these civilizations. Arguing for the exceptions doesn't help us understand why they are the exception.