the Al Qaeda vs the IRA
The two militant organizations that have taken the world by storm for years are the Al Qaeda and the Irish Republic Army, more commonly known as the IRA. Both the Al Qaeda and the IRA are considered to be linked to most terrorism taking places in the world. The Al Qaeda provides the funds for most of the Islamic militant organizations in the world and therefore has a major stake in the activities of the terrorism done in the name of Islam. Al Qaeda originated from Afghanistan and is led by Osama bin Laden. The Al Qaeda was formed in 1988. The IRA is a very active militant organization having its roots in Northern Ireland. The IRA was formed in 1916 and has held ground since then. Terrorism in the 70’s is usually credited to the IRA. Besides their originating grounds, another difference in the Al Qaeda and the IRA is that, the Al Qaeda raised funds through sale of drugs, abundantly present in Afghanistan while the IRA did so with robberies.
It is of popular belief that the AL Qaeda was formed based on the writings of an Islamic thinker, however, down the years, it has been established that the laws maintained by Al Qaeda are in altered form and not the true representation of Islam. The Al Qaeda wants to erase all present governments of the world and replace them with the regulations created by the Al Qaeda. The aim of Al Qaeda is to create fear amongst people of the world that they have been successful in doing and take control globally.
IRA which is short for the Irish Republic Army was created with an aim of forming the Irish Republic. The aim therefore was to shake and weaken the eye that the British Government kept on Northern Ireland. Attacks in Northern Ireland for the past 30 years have been blamed on the IRA which mainly involved bombings and assassination of those in the British security forces. Most attacks in London in the 1970’s, usually car bombings was the work of the IRA, which injured and killed thousands. The IRA has maintained its funds via robberies and extortions.
Difference between Al Qaeda and IRA
Though the primary agenda of both Al Qaeda and the IRA has been the same, the motive behind the origination of the two militant organizations is different. The Al Qaeda originated after the Afghan war, when Osama bin Laden held discussions with Afghan militants, the IRA originated from Irish Volunteers, a group most active in the 1916. Al Qaeda wants to form a Muslim ruled world that which is run on the Islamic laws made by the Al Qaeda, the IRA on the other hand wants an Irish Republic by dismantling the British Government’s hold n Northern Ireland.
Though history has established the motives for both Al Qaeda’s work and the IRA’s work, the common ground as people believe is revenge for past activities by others. The activities by both the Al Qaeda and the IRA have been the same; the differences however, remain stronger.