In essence, you are suggesting that these cultures adopt western liberalism.Bingo!
Democracy might be acultural but liberal democracy is a beast of the west, ill suited for the Middle East and it's overwhelmingly conservative population.
I believe that is the wrong way to go about it especially since modern radical Islam is partly fueled by a reactionary movement that began in the twentieth century as a response to the "contamination" of Islamic countries by Western culture. Go back a few decades and you'll see the empowerment of Women in the Middle East. Where did that lead them?
Even to many secular Arabs, the notion that Church and state should be separate or that the widespread empowerment of women is a desirable thing is considered a fanciful notion.
Different cultures means different takes on modernity and we oughta stop assumng that the only way forward for the third world is by going down the same path as us and especially when it can be demonstrated that some of their geopolitical ills can be directly attributed to Western imperialism int the twentieh century.
we're not gonna make these countries into Western clones by the 22nd century and nor should we aspire to.
I thought George W Bush and the Project For A New American Century
folks were wrong in so far as they thought they could wander about the world bringing liberal democracy to the masses. It took, arguably, 1,000 years for a few basic democratic elements to secure a real foothold in Northern Europe (500 CE to,say, 1500 CE) and 400 more years for something like real, liberal democracy to be relatively secure in most of Northern Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand.
(I did not think all of the PNAC
aims were wrong, just the one about spreading democracy.)
There are, of course, other forms of democracy: conservative democracy which we find in e.g. Singapore, and, to a greater or lesser degree in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan; and illiberal
democracy,* which is far more common than either or both of the other sorts.
* See: The Rise of Illiberal Democracy
, By Fareed Zakaria Fom the November/December 1997 issue of Foreign Affairs