Am I wrong, or is the Bassij the world's largest fighting force? I think I remember hearing that somewhere. Although many of them are armed with only a Koran, their numbers are around 7 million...much larger than the Chinese Army.
posted on 08/16/2006 12:31:00 PM PDT
(It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
The regime wants the force to be that large and they regularly inflate the numbers of Bassij.
Interesting story, a friend of mine was recently in Tehran and asked a group of Bassij if they would fight America if the US invaded. The answer: "No, we are Bassij because of all the benefits we receive. We would welcome a US."
posted on 08/16/2006 1:48:47 PM PDT
(Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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