Since the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the story of the Middle East has been one of inconclusive struggles of the weak against the weak. That the Ottomans lasted as long as they did is in substantial measure a testament to the constant chaos of Arab and Persian politics.
The short response is yes. Crime forever? Also, yes. Turbulence, terror, pestilence, famine, love, procreation, taxes, families, sunsets, rain, shine, etc.—all are components of the human condition. There is no arc toward perfection in human nature.
Hoover Institution fellow Stephen Kotkin discusses Xiyue Wang who received a 10-year prison sentence in Iran for spying. But Wang was not spying, Wang was doing scholarly research on the administrative and cultural history of the late Qajar dynasty in connection with his PhD dissertation.