Iran has many problems and is well behind the west on many fronts. However, Iran is more self-sufficient, more industrialized, more independent than any country in the ME. They are setting up banks, car making plants, petrochemical plants, power stations and grids, fiber optic netwroks around the world. They are not there yet, but they are on the right track.
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from the article: Revolutionary Guards: Iran can penetrate Israel's Merkava tanks