Rafighdoost (try saying that five times fast) claimed that the key to Iran's victory was total obedience to their leader. He also claimed that the IRGC ground forces are “five times better” than the United States Army. First of all, no, they're not. Second of all, there must be some pretty intense brainwashing happening for that many troops to gladly give their lives for Allah. As long as a leader views his men as being expendable, they'll never have the proper discipline to achieve victory.
Iranian Official: ‘If America Wants To Try Its Luck Against Us, [It Should Know That] We Are Completely Capable Of Mobilizing 9 Million Fighters… In Under 10 Days'; ‘We Have Warehouses Full [Of Missiles]… That Can Hit Tel Aviv'
In a September 25, 2016 speech to a Tehran political circle, Mohsen Rafighdoost, who was minister of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War and who heads the Noor Foundation, said that the secret of the victory of Iran's Islamic Revolution was Iranians' total obedience to the leader. He said that today the IRGC ground forces are “five times better” than the U.S. Army, and that the Iranian regime is capable of deploying nine million troops against it in less than 10 days.
Rafighdoost added that Iran's missiles in Tehran and the northwest of the country can reach Tel Aviv, and expressed his yearning for Israel to launch a missile at Iran so that Iran could “flatten Tel Aviv.” He also said that Islamic Revolution founder Ayatollah Khomeini established Hizbullah in Lebanon to promote the Islamization of other countries, and that today, in the era of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the organization has become “a supreme force in the region.”
“The IRGC's Ground Forces Are Perhaps Five Times Better Than The American Army”
“The factor that led to our victory in the [Iran-Iraq] War is [the same] factor that led to our victory in the [Islamic] Revolution. The Imam [Khomeini], in France, would order a parade [to be held in Iran], and the people would hold a parade, even in remote villages.
“During the eight years of the imposed war, not only was not one inch of Iranian land surrendered to the enemy, but we also acquired deterrent capability. I believe that as long as the Islamic Revolution stands against the Western and Eastern camps, we will be under military sanctions. We must never think that the world will provide us with military aid. Thanks to the war and its martyrs, Iran currently has deterrent capability. After a while, the Imam [Khomeini] replaced the call of ‘war, war to victory' with ‘war, war until the fitna is removed.' At the time, we understood this call as meaning that ‘we must be so strong that the enemy will not even think of a military strike against Iran.'
It would seem that they're mistaking fear with annoyance. Religiously motivated fighters, like ISIS and the IRGC are like bees. If you strike the hive, you'll be swatting them for years, while they keep lying eggs to continue the assault. The only way to rid ourselves of an enemy like that would be complete inhalation. However, since we're no longer living in the dark ages, that would be frowned upon. In the meantime, let them think they've “discovered” the key to victory. The thing about Americans, as our government knows, if you push them too hard, they will fight back, and you can guarantee that if America doesn't aid Israel somebody else will.