As the video shows with the burning book tent, bringing Enlightenment ideas to the Middle East definitely has its risk. And it will take a while and it will require constant reinforcement.
But it’s not impossible, as it wasn’t impossible with the West and the U.S.
Although the focus was on the Sunni portion of the Islamic world, Secularism has a big underground following in Shia Iran. Had the uprising succeeded in 2009, the Secular underground could have broken out then. It may do so yet again.
Alcohol stills are popular with offshore oil rigs in the Gulf region and some Saudi big-wigs have wine cellars, so there is another crack in the Seven Veil Curtain.
Turks, Iranians, North Africans, and Lebanese living today have memories of more Secular times. Once people have a taste, it’s hard to completely suppress.
As with so much else up in the air, must wait and see…