Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
IRA were never stupid enough to blow them selves up were they......
You want to bet on that quote. !!!
Yes they blew them self's up but not on purpose. You cold never put one against the other but if you know the history of the IRA and the History of the Taliban i would say the Taliban would win due to the fact they are willing to give there lives for there cause by any method possible.
The IRA how ever did have some very good unorthodox milatery skills and there assessment and planning used minimal resources to some cause some devastating effects over all.
I still remember once before we was going out on patrol in NI that we were briefed that the IRA were doing things such as running up to the last man in you squad and just hitting them and running off. Why did they do this ?. Well they were testing out to see if they could run up to the last man in the squad and shoot them at point blank range and run off and get away with it.
Needless to say it never worked and the ratio at what they got caught was not a viable option from them. But then again in county
Armagh (bandit country) they did have hidden some M107 .50 Caliber Long Range Sniper Rifle (LRSR). Now luckily they never hit any one with this thing but if they had they would have caused some real damage and i still remember going out hoping that i never had to face up against one of them things.
I could tell you many stories about the IRA but in the end luckily they went into politics full time peacfully but there leaders who i wont name still should never be allowed to walk the streets but because of politics they are. These leader's and particularly one of them murdered soldiers and got away with it.
The Taliban are very very good in there own country and they use it to there full advantage and are not scared to die for what they believe in and to top it off they have a large base of supporters that will not go quietly. They wont enter in to peace nogociations (cannot spell that word) and pretend to be you friend they just what you dead and that is it.