Are there any parallels between the two groups? (without wishing to oversimplify) Whilst Northern Ireland did not feature such 21st century (well in vogue for sadists) repugnancies as suicide bombing, bombing is bombing clearly. Did the British military face the same day to day challenges on the same frequency as Iraq & Afghanistan? Were IEDs a prominent (if at all a) feature of the Northern Ireland landscape? Was there a sense of surrealness patrolling streets and suburbs that largely looked the same as ones on the British mainland? Can Northern Ireland be used as a successful template for peace and stability in Iraq or are we dealing with completely different variables? Can any lessons from Northern Ireland be applied to Iraq and Afghanistan? Any thoughts and comments (preferably elaborated POVs) are welcome. FYI I'm not a journalist fishing for a story. Just an overly curious mind.