LOL...And BTW, here I thought it was the Iranians who were the "brains" of the Arab world.
They're not Arab at all, but Persian. I trained both some years ago and the difference was startling - the only reason the Iraqis managed a stalemate over the Iranians in that conflict was that the latter had purged their armed forces of potentially "disloyal" professionals in favor of religious and political toadies after the 1979 revolution - it ended up looking like the Arabian model. The Russians did the same thing after 1917 and got the stuffing kicked out of them by the Poles less than a decade later. (Same thing happened after the purges of 1938-39 when the Wehrmacht came a-callin'.)
Of the ones I met the Iranians were head and shoulders above the rest, probably for the same cultural reasons cited by the author of the article. The veneer of Islam is, IMHO, a lot thinner over the Persian people than the Arabs, and it looks from recent events like it's wearing a little thin. This could get very interesting in the next couple of years, and maybe sooner.
But the Iranians aren't Arabs--they are Persians.