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Old 18-06-09, 10:41 AM
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Who would win IRA or Taliban, WTF

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8073845.stm

Seriously have people got nothing better to do with there time !!

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Old 18-06-09, 10:45 AM
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IRA were never stupid enough to blow them selves up were they......
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Old 18-06-09, 10:49 AM
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i was actually thinking that, they were very well organised and trained plus yer they did have the rather western view of, ''live to fight another day'' !

there are not many caves in Ireland so the Taliban would have no where to go so they would be screwed from the off set !!
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Old 18-06-09, 11:19 AM
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IRA were never stupid enough to blow them selves up were they......
Haha, enough said.
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Old 18-06-09, 11:44 AM
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IRA were never stupid enough to blow them selves up were they......
About a millionth of the following in comparison too.
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I think the IRA were cowards, and it's relatively easy to fight cowards. You just give them a bloody nose back and they will think twice before stepping up again. They were very, very hesitant to get into combat action with the British Army, preferring soft targets instead. Whereas the nutters we know as the Taliban are hardened fighters, having fought the Russians for many years before we got involved over there. They know their country like the back of their hands, and know how to put it to the best use. They are not scared of attacking the forces over there, but they also use guerilla tactics too. Ask any Brit squaddie what he thinks of the Taliban, and they will tell you that they know how to put up a good fight.
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If the vietcong had done that also, vietnam would be a 50 something state of the US today.

Organizations of whatever following do what they want/have to do to promote their struggle. Dependent on very obvious reasons to them.
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Old 18-06-09, 12:24 PM
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You've lost me there Rasta? If the Viet Cong had done the same as the IRA or the Taliban?

EDIT: The Viet Cong could be compared to the Taliban, as they are using similar tactics. They also had a excellent grasp of battlefield awareness, and how to use the terrain to their advantage, something the IRA lacked.
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Old 18-06-09, 12:45 PM
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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.
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Old 18-06-09, 01:07 PM
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You've lost me there Rasta? If the Viet Cong had done the same as the IRA or the Taliban?

EDIT: The Viet Cong could be compared to the Taliban, as they are using similar tactics. They also had a excellent grasp of battlefield awareness, and how to use the terrain to their advantage, something the IRA lacked.
All the same, each cause do 'what they can' for their particular struggle.

IRA lacked numbers mainly. I mean u can't look at thier last 30/40 years or so cos that was more led by money making gangsters than a legitimate IRA.

Whereas u get the other 2 factions, equally on their own soil, but massively outnumbering the occupiers. The Irish thing, as with many ex.empire exploits is a reversal if u like.

If the IRA had the same numbers as NVA or Taliban, with the occupying Allied being the lesser, they would most likely to exectly what they are doing. It's not a question of cowardly, more of doing what u can do to the occupier.

Perhaps it's braver to fly a plane into a building rather than park a car outside it ?
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