believing very unlikely tales for the win
As you may have noted, I made the understatement that he exaggerated quite a bit.
However, I do know that if one my friends ever put his foot inside Turkey, he will be drafted into the army.
Turkey is not Iran, but I have as much reason to believe there is no such thing as a draft at Iran, as I have to believe there is.
And here is an intercept from the Britannica encyclopedia
that shows there is indeed a draft in Iran:
Iran's military obtains much of its manpower from conscription, and males are required to serve 21 months of military service. The army is the largest branch of Iran's military, followed by the Revolutionary Guards. This body, organized in the republic's early days, is the country's most effective military force and consists of the most politically dependable and religiously devout personnel. Any security forces that are involved in external war or in armed internal conflict are either accompanied or led by elements of the Revolutionary Guards.
Now I heard from my dad that when he was drafted, he never fired a shot... however, considering the major differences in the geopolitical surroundings, I guess Iran probably does things differently...
Also, I agree with his point that compared to Iraq, there is less chance of a civil war at Iran. If the western countries do invade Iran, they won't be seen as libirators, as at least part of the Iraqi people did see the Americans. Nor are there two medium/big sized religious groups who oppose eachother, which there are in Iraq. Iraq:
Muslim 97% (Shi'a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%Iran:
Muslim 98% (Shi'a 89%, Sunni 9%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha'i) 2%
And no, I do not think every Iranian is terrorist. Certainly not. But it seems to me they do know how to handle a weapon and defend themselves and their country with it...
His post was exaggerated, but I indeed do believe there is truth in there, inbetween the lines, if you filter out the exaggerations. And it's not the sort I get to see from the media.