The Canadian Government remains firmly against the assistance of Iran in the current Iraq crisis, despite Washington and London’s willingness to consider it. In fact, the Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that Canada’s relations with Iran will remain almost nonexistent until they can prove their trustworthiness.

However, Ottawa has completely ruled out a Canadian intervention in Iraq. Their only ambassador, housed in the British embassy, has already been repatriated. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird was clear about Canada’s position on the situation in Iraq:

“We are committed to working with the Iraqi leadership,” Baird said, before quickly adding: “I should point out that Canada has not been asked to participate in any military effort, nor is it something we are considering.”

While I agree with the current Canadian Government position regarding intervention and the relations with Iran, I cannot stress enough how Iran could turn their back on us at any time. Of course, their help could prove useful, but we’re dealing with a country that has been lying and making the West their number one enemy for years. Instead of the West relying on Iran, NATO countries should provide more support and help the Iraqi government until the situation is fixed.

Canada has some top class SOF teams that could be deployed alongside their American and British counterparts. While Canada is not considering a military intervention, they should still support their allies. That being said, I think the Canadian government should help the Iraqi government by sending CANSOF teams to train and assist their military. The Canadian SOF teams have been really active in Africa doing the exact same thing, which means they have both the experience and the means to do it.

Since the last time the US and the UK were in Iraq, the international community has been pretty quiet on the newly-formed democracy in Iraq. It is the job of that community to support a country who is trying to emerge from tyranny.

As one of the world’s most renowned peacekeepers, I don’t understand why Canada is not more concerned about ISIS and the Kurds. The only reason I can think of is the post-Afghanistan War budget cuts and the current state of the Canadian Forces.

Canadian soldiers fought a bloody war in Afghanistan for more than 13 years and our equipment is seriously in a bad shape. Canada has always had this problem. Instead of keeping a certain state of alert, past governments have been known to demobilize and put our military at the lowest alert levels possible.