Being a closeted Pan-Arabist (democracy first!) , there are two countries I especially like: Egypt and Syria. Egypt was the leader of the modern Arab world, even though that role has faded with the stagnation of the Pan-Arab movement, weighted down by dictatorships, Egypt remains the cultural and intellectual hub of the Middle East. Syria, in spite of all its totalitarian, evil-axis troubles, has also managed to wield an impact on the larger Arab world recently. I've been to Syria last September, and it looks just like Iraq before the war (it even has Iraqis :D) but there are waaaay more pictures of Bashar al-Assad than Saddam Hussein ever did.
Here's a brilliant caricature drawn by Puppeteer, whose blog is now defunct. [click to enlarge]