This thread is about Arabs and their military history, and it is completely irrelevant what you see as my "initial position".
I said what quite a number of Arab military officers said to me. In their opinions, their Soviet instructors were anything else but "military professionals from one of the most prestigious military institutions on the planet". As mentioned above, most were wannabes, many were drunkards, and plenty of others greenhorns. Yet others were zampolits of no military knowledge or value, searching for glory. If this was the best the Soviets could offer, then I'm affraid we've all been feed an entirely wrong picture about the Soviet Army.
There is surely as hell plenty of evidence for this (and not only from Arabs), just like it is more than obvious that not a single Soviet instructor in any Arabic country ever has had anything like combat experience of the people they were supposed to "instruct".