And we protect them for economic reasons (oil) not other political ones.
Economic reasons are part of the political reasons. Political reasons include giving us an Arab "ally" in the region, and military bases from which to project power. These are intertwined with oil, but not solely about oil.
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.