Answering the questions that have already been answered

Ask some half-witted TV show peeps: Who would win between the IRA and the Taliban?

Deadliest Warrior pitches hypothetical fights between historical figures, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of factors such as weaponry and tactics, like a hi-tech version of playground card game Top Trumps.

“The Taliban – deadly extremists battling in the mountains of Afghanistan, versus the IRA – elusive, hard-hitting masters of Ireland’s urban jungles.

“It’s a battle to the death, between two lethal guerrilla warriors, armed to the teeth with flamethrowers, rocket launchers, carbines, mines and a devastating home-made bombs.”

I must be missing some of the point, because there seems to be a little bit of a one sided battle. Yes, both sides fielded poorly trained irregulars. Both tended towards small arms, ambush tactics and blending in with civilians before and after their strikes. And both liked the occasional improvised explosive device.

But here’s the thing: why would there be a competition. The IRA tended towards planting their weapons and hiding while it goes off, the Taliban tend towards blowing themselves up and hoping that they take some of their opponents with them. Which one do you think would win in a fight to the death?

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