Gerry Adams has been criticised for getting his historical facts wrong in a speech during his American tour, in which he alluded to the war.
'Let us not forget that America stood shoulder to shoulder with us, and her troops were there fighting alongside us,' Adams told a whooping crowd of US Congressmen in Washington.
But in fact, America didn't actually fight alongside the IRA, but merely supplied funding, ammunition, moral and legal support and offered a safe haven to boyos during the terror campaign. In fact, in America, there were even one or two congressmen who expressed doubt whether America should be joining the war on terror at all. Some even argued that, if they did, it might not be in America's long term interest to side with the terrorists.
Adams' gaffe has horrified historians. 'The Americans weren't actually fighting alongside us,' said Kevin Flynn, chief of the Association of Historical Mural Painters, 'I think wee Gerry's been watching too many Mickey Rourke movies.'
Though Hollywood Studios offered enormous moral support to the IRA, during the early stages of what's become known as 'the war on terror', its brigade of crack troops - which includes fighting men such as Brad Pitt and Sylvester Stallone - now seems to have switched sides. American didn't really join the war on terror until it was attacked on September 11 2001. But by that stage, Americans seem to have decided that terrorists aren't all that glamourous after all.
Though Adams was obviously seeking to flatter his American hosts, his elevation of their status in the world war on terror has upset people at home. There is one consolation, said Flynn. 'Yes, it's bad saying the Americans stood shoulder to shoulder with us, when they weren't actually there. Still, at least he describe his troops as the junior partner.'