This is just my point of view, but I was surprised to learn how deadly Northern Ireland was. What little news coverage their was of the conflict in Northren Ireland in the US was a bombing in London or of a attack on a Royal . The Mitchell negotiations got a little more news coverage. Whether the British lesson learned in Northern Ireland apply in Iraq or Afghanistan I leave for others to decide. This link came from another thread http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/64/ Some questions to ask. What lessons from Northern Ireland apply to Iraq and Afghanistan ? Are the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan so different from Northern Ireland, that the lessons learned don't apply ?