Ed Driscoll

Biker Gangs to Fight ISIS

As always, with the world descending into tribal-based primitivism, there’s no way that satire can compete with reality for its pure absurdity. Three weeks ago, I tweeted this:

Reality has quickly caught up. Or at least as close to reality as Europe’s venerable Agence France-Presse news agency can get. It’s reporting today that “Netherlands says OK for biker gangs to fight Islamic State:”

The Hague (AFP) — The Dutch public prosecutor said on Tuesday that motorbike gang members who have reportedly joined Kurds battling the Islamic State group in Iraq are not necessarily committing any crime.

“Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden,” public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP.

“You just can’t join a fight against the Netherlands,” he told AFP after reports emerged that Dutch bikers from the No Surrender gang were fighting IS insurgents alongside Kurds in northern Iraq.

The head of No Surrender, Klaas Otto, told state broadcaster NOS that three members who travelled to near Mosul in northern Iraq were from Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Breda.

Here’s in the states, no word yet if Sonny Barger has volunteered the Hell’s Angels’ services to fight ISIS, as he did in 1965 to help LBJ fight in Vietnam, according to this account of the 1970 biker film Nam’s Angels and its inspiration.