An issue fighting Iran is the use of children. They would send them out into the foxholes, and overwhelm the position; This was a tactic used in the Iran-Iraq war. Why is this an issue? Our soldiers are noble people, they value life, and they do not shoot children.
Iran-Iraq war shouldn't be used as an example. During that war, Iran had no army as it had been disbanded to prevent a coup. Iran was not able to use fighter jets (which at the time, Iran's air force was equipped with the latest technology that the US would sell). Not to mention Iraq was supported by most of the world, weapons from some, intelligence and what not from others. Iraq also used chemical weapons.
Iranians were volunteering to go and fight and so they did. That is were the Basij came from.
On the first bolded part.....I agree, if Canada wanted to wage a battle all the way in Iran, it would be a real challenge....however, if you meant the geography as in terrain would be an impediment, then I have to ask you, what kind of terrain does Iran possess that Canada doesn't and hasn't trained her military members in?
I didn't mean because of terrain, I meant Iran would have all the advantages of being able to use its missile arsenal against Canadian ships, would have an advantage of man power if Canadians tried to land on the shores.
But when you bring terrain into the store, sure Canada has areas which are just as mountainous as Iran, but the Iranians known their mountains better. Keep in mind that Iran has been expecting a US invasion for thirty plus years, they have complex tunnels built, set up covert bases, and all the other things that would give them an advantage in a war.
I'm not trying to take anything away from the Canadian Forces, but if Iran has home advantage, it will win.
The second bolded part....the answer is none. And i'm ok with that, those suckers are too expensive and I wouldn't want to get into the carrier business with our tax dollars.
Well okay then.
On the third bolded part, which air asset does Iran have that would be a match for our upgraded CF-18A Hornets, let alone one armed with some of the most advanced missile, radar, communications and other avionic technology?
I don't remember what my third point was, and I am too tried to go back and look (just finished a thirteen hour work shift), but Iran has a pretty advanced air defence system that would counter the Canadian Air Force. Not to mention they have their own aircrafts which has been getting better, not nearly good enough, but better. At the very least they can be used as kamikaze crafts.
Couple of side notes:
Iran is set to have a week long (I could be wrong, but I believe it's a week) air defence drill, in which they say they will show a domestically made SAM system that that is based on, but more advanced than the S300. Now, either they are full of crap, or the rumors about them getting the blueprints for the S300 systems, and had some Russian scientist come and show them how to build it.
Second note, Iran's aircraft knowledge should be growing dramatically after studying the UAV that landed in Iran.