[ by Charles Cameron — a quick one while I’m toiling away at something longer on Ebola & cultures, and I don’t mean the kind in Petrie dishes ]
This, today in Holland:
Three of the No Surrender Banditos bikers have 'joined the fight against Islamist militants' http://t.co/gFSD8FK8KL pic.twitter.com/pvhuvX9OcO
— The Independent (@Independent) October 15, 2014
more or less echoes this, from LA in March:
#FBI Investigating Los Angeles Gang Members Fighting Alongside #Hizbullah Terrorist Group In #Syria http://t.co/FRAEFsaYkw #Terrorism
— Sam Bazzi (@sambazzi) March 5, 2014
I suspect these two tweets, taken as indicators, support the idea that some at least of those who travel to foreign lands for purposes of fighting do so because adventure is a potent lure. I further suspect that biker and gang codes of honor / shame fit well with the codes of honor / shame prominent in the ME — but I’d need anthropological backup for such a claim, and currently lack the resources to pursue it.
And I suspect there’s a lateral tie in here with the work of Dr Bunker and others on Mexican narcocultura.