It’s a good little money earner for the troops and the Governements providing the troops.
Have the Irish Army actually achieved anything in those peace keeping missions? I’m not having a dig at the Irish, just that IMO they’re a waste of time. I can only think of two times when military operations based on humanitarian reasons have been successful. Kosovo and Sierra Leone. Both times, the UN wasn’t in the driving seat.
'Twas ever thus-the daily UN messing rate in Bosnia in 1995 was DM1.25 for Brits. The rate varied nationally, dependent on individual pay and messing rates. The Pakistani contingent had to be dragged kicking and screaming out of theatre as they'd never been so well fed: some of them had refused to rotate out/take R and R as this would have been tantamount to a wage cut. One senior sergeant I chatted to had been there, on and off, for over a year. Fat as a bacon pig, he was.
Plus they had been flogging weapons to the Bosniacs.
Yes. They’ve accumulated so much experience & expertise that even one of their reservists - with no operational experience and twenty days a year in uniform - feels qualified to spend a decade on ARRSE criticising British UN operations in Bosnia and Kosovo. Oh and it’s strategy & tactics in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Not bad for a tiny, poorly equipped army deployed to make up the numbers and add a flag to UN press releases.
To be fair, at least the IDF are better than yet another battalion from a corrupt foreign military that might otherwise take their place. But it’s a low bar to clear, no?
God alone knows why you want the expense of even playing worlds least effective policeman unless of course those Irish regiments miss the days of empire and trooping. However cheap flights to spain would surely sort all of that out?
Given that St Patrick The Snakedriver has the privilege of sharing his Saint's Day with the anniversary of my birth, I remain deeply grateful to the sole Irish officer in UNFICYP (1986) for throwing me the most extravagant 31st birthday party imaginable.
EDIT: I forgot to thank the taxpayers of the Emerald Isle (which to this day does not include those pretentious tw@ts Bonio and The Itch) for funding 100% of it