October 11, 2011, - 2:29 pm

Dumbass: 32-Yr-Old “American” Fights for Libyan Rebel Muslims

By Debbie Schlussel

He never thought it was noble to join the U.S. Armed Forces and fight on the side of his fellow Americans. But for the Libyan rebel Muslims allied with Al-Qaeda, well, Matthew VanDyke found that infinitely more noble and worthy. And even after six months in a Libyan prison, he’s still working for these scumbags, who brutally torture their own.  Hey, why fight to protect American freedom, when you can fight to enslave a country to yet another Islamic government allied with the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda?

Occupy Benghazi Street: “American” Matthew VanDyke Fights for Muslim Extremists

As you read this jerk’s story, you know he’s just like the “American” hikers in Iran–American by accident of birth, leftist moron and Islamo-panderer by choice. “Jottings?” Sounds like he’d be right at home with the Occupy Wall Street crowd. He’s upset at how he was treated in the Libyan jail. Um, what did you expect? Paradise? It’s Libya, dude. And your preferred Libyans (the “rebels”) ain’t no better–and are actually markedly worse–than the previous Libyans in power.

As described by those who know him, Matthew VanDyke comes off as footloose and maybe a little feckless. He has worked sporadically, sometimes getting freelance writing or teaching gigs but more often traveling to the Middle East for months at a time with plans to do something, someday, with his jottings and photography.

Leaving Baltimore for Libya last February was entirely in keeping with his wanderings. VanDyke wanted to support friends he’d made on a previous trip. They had gotten caught up in the uprising against the country’s longtime strongman, Moammar Gadhafi, and the 32-year-old took his camera and netbook computer to capture the unfolding drama.

VanDyke, though, got too close to the action — in March he was captured by Gadhafi forces and imprisoned for nearly six months. After his surprise release when rebels forced open the prison in Tripoli, VanDyke decided to take up arms himself. In recent news photos transmitted worldwide from Libyan battlegrounds, VanDyke smiles and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with rebel fighters.

That shift, from journalist to fighter, has caused no small amount of consternation among human rights workers, governmental agencies and family members who had advocated and tried to locate him during the months in which he vanished into the Libyan prison system.

“We all worked hard to try and locate him and get him home safe for all those months, and it is a bit tragic to now see him try and join the fight as a rebel,” Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch, said in an email.

The international rights group was among those who rallied to VanDyke’s cause and were heartened when he was freed with others when rebels took control of the capital in August. But they are not the only ones concerned about his decision not to return to Baltimore but to instead fight with the rebels — a decision that leaves him vulnerable should he fall into trouble in the future. . . .

He cuts an almost cinematic figure, in camouflage fatigues and a burgeoning Che Guevara-like beard, with an assault rifle strapped across his chest, riding in a machine gun-mounted Jeep in a Libyan desert. . . .

After snubbing the government and humanitarian officials who had arrayed to help extract him from Libya, he’s largely on his own now.

Um, why did government and humanitarian officials waste resources helping this Islamo-pandering “American” loser in the first place?

Because that’s what they do. But innocent civilian Western victims of Islamic terrorism, well no-one cares about them. We only help the America-hating types who go hiking in Iran while they live in Syria and who travel to Libya to help Al-Qaeda supporters.

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9 Responses

What a dingleberry!

See this is why I believe in post-natal abortion. People like him should be aborted.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    He’s no T.E Lawrence.

    The Arabs are no longer as romantic as when a dashing British military officer helped them to win their freedom from the Turkish Empire.

    This script is now long in the tooth…

    NormanF on October 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

This guy looks like he doesn’t have such a great job history –he probably has trouble holding jobs. If the rebels are furnishing him with food and board it would be quite an incentive for someone like him. These creeps never refuse a free handout.

Little Al on October 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I am amazed that Gadhafi’s forces did not execute this character. He definitely got special treatment from that group. Being a leftist tourist does have its advantages. I wonder how many people VanDyke has killed in a conflict that he has no business participating in? If you start spraying buildings with an AK-74(or AK-47)you are not going to be just hitting Gadhafi’s people.

This should give you an idea of what VanDyke is doing: http://splodetv.com/ak-47-vs-m16

Worry01 on October 12, 2011 at 1:09 am


I recall reading once that TE Lawrence was disillusioned and disgusted w/ the Arabs towards the end of his life. He’d certainly not call himself Lawrence ‘of Arabia’ had he still been around today.

I agree w/ Worry1 as well – I’m surprised that Gadaffi didn’t execute him, and just as surprised that the Libyan rebels haven’t yet demanded that he convert to Islam.

But I’m disappointed that one side has one – I wanted this civil war to go on indefinitely. Hope Assad doesn’t collapse anytime soon.

Infidel on October 12, 2011 at 3:24 am

    VanDyke, no matter how it is dressed up, is nothing more than a mercenary or soldier of fortune. He refused an opportunity to leave.

    Worry01 on October 12, 2011 at 6:53 am

Another soldier fighting for the restoration of the Caliphate.

That’s what it looks like from here.

The Reverend Jacques on October 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

Wow… This article was written by a person who knows NEXT TO NOTHING about this conflict. The Libyan PEOPLE have worked hard for their revolution, so don’t you DARE CALL MY PEOPLE ALLIED WITH AL-QUEEDA!!! I hope you end up like Gaddafi, shot while hiding in a little drain like a rat… Nato are at WAR with Al-queeda, why would they help them??? The revolutionaries are NORMAL LIBYAN MEN. LEARN something about the conflict before listening to SERBIAN propoganda. I hope you’re all Ashamed of yourselves.

Youareanidiot on October 25, 2011 at 1:35 am

Matthew Vandyke: Muslim Brotherhood dupe; terrorist; merc.

Frederick George Wilson, Reno, Nevada on June 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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