Dan Rodricks’ column in The Baltimore Sun, posted online yesterday, announces that he recently heard from Matthew Van Dyke, the Baltimore native whose peripatetic life previously landed him in a Libyan prison after fighting against Moammar Gaddafi’s regime in that country’s 2011 civil war, and Van Dyke’s at it again.
"I have been working to help raise and train a Christian army of 2,000 men to fight ISIS in Iraq," Van Dyke writes to Rodricks in an email. "My new company, Sons of Liberty International, provides free military consulting and training to populations facing threats from terrorists, insurgent groups and oppressive regimes.” ISIS, of course, is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a rebel group held responsible for war crimes and ethnic cleansing, along with the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, who Van Dyke knew.
In earlier Voice of America coverage, Van Dyke explained that his new mission is “not a religious war and certainly not a crusade or anything like it," but that the Christians he’s helping “are interested in defending their own lands against ISIS and any other terrorist threats and that's it.”
On its website, Sons of Liberty International describes itself as “the first security contracting firm run as a non-profit,” which aims “to take the profit out of war while helping people around the world” by fulfilling “the need for rapid on-the-ground action to help those whom the international system had failed.”