Barack Obama may have pledged no boots on the ground, but as the old cliché goes: The bikers didn’t get the memo. Call it a case of biker boots on the ground, Fox News and the Breitbart.com news portal are both reporting on Oct. 15, 2014, that members of a previously feared Netherlands based motorcycle club have gained legal respectability in taking the fight to ISIS.
While Dutch law has for decades deemed it illegal for citizens to offer themselves up as mercenaries or join terrorists organizations, eyebrows have been raiser when it became public that bikers with the No Surrender MC (motorcycle club) have already arrived in the Kurdish homeland to join the Peshmerga (Translated: “Those who confront death“) Militia. A spokesman for the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that new laws have legalized Dutch citizens in joining armed factions elsewhere around the world and fight. “Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden… You just can’t join a fight against the Netherlands.”
While it isn’t definite how many bikers have received the royal blessings of King Willem-Alexander, No Surrender chief Klaas Otto confirmed to a Dutch TV station that “three members who traveled to near Mosul in northern Iraq were from Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Breda.” Sent via the social media micro-blogging site Twitter, a photo of one of the Kalashnikov toting No Surrender members with the text beneath loosely translated as “Ron from The Netherlands has joined the Kurds to exterminate the rodents of [ISIS]”
While many have attacked the No Surrender Motorcycle Club for sharing the same name as the motto of the pro-British, anti-radical Islamist group the English Defence League, No Surrender MC has chapters world-wide, with the majority in Holland, Germany, and Spain. However, the bikers also retain membership as far away as Turkey and the former Dutch colony in South America today known as Suriname. The group has also taken to social media maintaining its own Facebook site.