It was a matter of time. The conflict in Syria has been dragging for two years now, but the Dutch are finally getting in motion. More and more Dutch are flying into town that are in one way or another connected to organizations that assist Syrian refugees.
But I am happy to announce that we also have a Dutch contingent inside Syria! Yes yes, I kid you not. A video has surfaced of a band of fighters, of whom a few speak Dutch. From their accent, you can detect a slight Moroccan tinge, indicating that we’re talking about sunni muslims here, and so probably they have joined some rebel type out of outfit. It seems that we, the Dutch, are one of the largest supplier of European fighters, although that’s hearsay, and I cannot verify that. Most seemed to have joined the Al-Nusra movement, a movement that is vying for an islamic state. Nothing much Dutch about that.
Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism at the Ministry of Security and Justice in Holland typified them as being between ‘20 and 25, un-employed and poorly educated’.
“Not the whole times that camera. You’re filming the whole day,” you hear someone say, while another one asks “where is that camera?” in Dutch.
The video is excruciatingly long and very boring, and I strongly suggest that after 20 seconds you quit it, as all the Dutch there is to hear has been uttered by then, but there you have it; some Dutch homeboys on Syrian land! It is not clear if the entire outfit is Dutch, or just a few.
I find it rather amusing in a way. These kids are city-slickers; they’re not used to the outdoors! And there they go into the wild, fighting well-trained Syrian soldiers, and, more interestingly, seasoned Hezbollah fighters. They don’t stand a chance against those boys. But maybe they’re fast learners.