In regards to the actual topic, despite being difficult to compare anyway, it isalways unfair to try and compare the SAS to any other Special Forces unit inthe world for one simple reason. Their level of secrecy. all units have theirsecrets but i would gladly put money on saying the in terms of the knownspecial forces units in the world, the SAS are indeed one of if not the singlemost secretive special forces outfits around, certainly more so than their UScounterparts (and i am not suggesting here that the US special forces are notin any way secretive about their operations either as they quite clearly are).in fact the only outfit that i feel keeps its cards even closer to its chestwould be the SAS' counterparts in the British SRS/SRR (Special ReconnaissanceService/Regiment) which originally sourced its routes from the highly elusiveI14 (Intelligence 14) company that operated extensively and highly covertlythroughout Northern and indeed Southern Ireland during the troubles over there.There is simply not enough information in circulation to make any form ofneither accurate nor reasoned comparisons. as such, most arguments are based onhear say, guestimations, nationalist pride and legends/reputations which ithink most would agree do not make for particularly effective argumentsespecially when you attempt to marry such theories with the few actualplausible snippets of information than one may have to hand, which even thenwould be difficult to confirm with absolute authority.
exercises in regards to most special forces comparisons largely just boil down to a warof reputations and rumours of exploits with the ever frequent undertones ofnationalism (which is not entirely bad when respect is shown to both sides, itsbiased nationalism, without any consideration for the opposing argument that i dislike,unless perhaps it is being used in the face of total ignorance, in which caseit may be acceptable).
to this end though should i make a comment in regards to the original topic, as far asreputations are concerned the SAS has one of if not the best in the business,few can even attempt to emulate the few exploits that we do know of and theycontinue to make very big impact today (recent reports have revealed that jointspecial forces task groups killed 1400 senior and junior Taliban soldiers onthe so called "hit/hunt" missions in a single 90 day period), andsince all we have to go on in purely reputations based on past activities and afew pieces of plausible information, i would like to state that personally ifeel that the SAS/SBS/SRR (essentially all part of the same unit if you will,to all intents and purposes that is) are quite simply the best of the best.
but then again, can i confirm my claims, probably not and i would never be able to, notunless someone was to set up an exercise where the mimicked every singlepossible military scenario, with every variable taken into account over manyhundreds of occasions featuring a comparison between two sets of special forceswith a winner being declared as the absolute best based only upon achieving atleast a 95% success ratio against all opponents in all the scenario ranges thatthey are pitted against to officially be declared the best special forces inthe world. This as we all know is impossible and even then, the resultswouldn't be 100% assured.
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