"Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth!" — Rudyard Kipling (1889).

Our Judeo-Christian culture has been challenged in the arena of global conflict. We're locked in the "ultimate fighting cage" of war, a place we've been before. We're in a fight against extremist terrorism, and this isn't the first round. The great cultures of the East and the West have battled throughout world history. And make no mistake, this is a religious war.

A nation's religious teachings are the guiding compass of its moral and civil laws. This is why Islamic Sharia law is what the radical Muslim Wahhabist (followers of the 18th Century Shiite reformer Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab) desire. They call Westerners "crusaders" and hate the Pope. Why? When Islam threatened the Holy Land, the noble knights of the west became crusaders to defend the Christian Holy Land.

Parts of Eastern Europe and Spain were invaded by the armies of Mohammed and fell. Some fought on and were liberated. But many of these nations on both sides still hold serious haltered for their former conquerors going back to the 11th Century.

The continuing conflict between the Serbs and Croatians, the Turks and the Armenians, and even the legend of the vampire Dracula are the result of these East-versus-West cultural and religious wars. The Catholic Church and the European kings invented the notorious Inquisition primarily to find and destroy the Spanish Muslim fifth column.

The Fifth Column

What is a fifth column? Most definitions of the term cite its common use originating in the Spanish Civil War and define it as, "any group of people who give aid and support to the enemy from within their own country."

For the last two centuries, the East has sought to build and utilize this American fifth column against us. For many years, the East has financed and supported the building of Islamic mosques in America. Muslim clergy, or ulema, are trained and sent to America by many of our cultural enemies. Even Saudi Arabia (our supposed allies) financially supports radical mosques and Wahhabist clerics in our mists. These clergy or mullahs, imams, and Maulvis have entered into our jails, prisons, and armed services as chaplains.

Radical Muslim extremists have trained and financed rebels and "armies of liberation" in Spain, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Lebanon, Palestine, Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and most of the hot spots in Africa, Central and South America. They haven't changed their ways and can be found in the revolutionary army in Chiapas, Mexico.

Weapons of Oil and Drugs

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a permanent intergovernmental organization, created at the Baghdad Conference on September of 1960, by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Look closely at the five founding OPEC nations; they aren't friends of the U.S. The cost of gasoline and other petroleum products is largely controlled by OPEC. Even as our tanks and Hummers traverse the roads of Afghanistan and Iraq, some of the fuel they burn finances the terrorists we fight.

Afghanistan and Pakistan now provide the primary sources for illicit opium, which will eventually become the heroin that's distributed and pushed by the street gangs in every major American city. This generates billions of dollars of profit to finance death and destruction caused by street gangs, as well as the Muslim war lords and international terrorists. It corrupts Mexico, and other Central and South American countries involved in the drug trade. The money it generates corrupts the U.S., as well.

It Can Happen Here

In 1986, Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi gave gangster Jeff Fort—co-founder of the Black P. Stones, and his Islamic offshoots, the El Rukns—over $1 million to commit terrorist acts in Chicago. They used the money to buy a rocket launcher to shoot down an American commercial jet. Luckily, they were arrested during the BATF sting operation.

Chicago gangs have plenty of history operating in the fifth column. Four Corner Hustler gang member Angelo Roberts once plotted to blow up Chicago Police headquarters with a rocket and Maniac Latin Disciple gang member Jose Padilla plotted to obtain materials to construct a radioactive dirty bomb.[PAGEBREAK]

Chicago gang cops clearly understand the influence of radical Muslim religion on street gangs. Similarly, Los Angeles gangs have begun to evolve like the Chicago gangs from street thugs to organized criminal organizations and umbrella coalitions. They have become active in "cultural and ethnical reeducation" and local political campaigns under the First Amendment cover of "freedom of religion."

A new and more militant New Black Panther Party, and Black Guerrilla Family, has begun to embrace this same religious and political influence in California, where liberal local governments, state legislators and the courts continue to push "tolerance" and "multiculturalism" as the answer to the growing problem. This leniency and "looking the other way" often leads to what happened in Dearborn, Mich.

Dearborn Police Officer Daniel Saab, a Shiite Muslim and Hezbollah supporter, displayed a large Hezbollah poster in his city community policing office. That's not what got him fired.

Highly touted as a model Muslim officer in a city with a large Muslim population, he was indicted in September of 2007 for witness tampering, and producing false police reports. Saab was also convicted for stalking a state legislator, and for his involvement in a fire bombing of a non-Muslim Dearborn city councilman's car. He was represented by Islamist attorney and fellow Hezbollah supporter Nabih Ayad. American defense lawyers and groups such as the National Lawyers Guild, Prison Law Collective, and the ACLU often act as mouthpieces for the fifth column.

Prison: A Training Ground for American Jihadists

My sources in the prison system point out that we've always had a few Muslims from various sects in lockup. In the past, six or seven inmates would faithfully attend services and conduct themselves by the dictates of their religion and conscience. After 9/11, a new type of inmate began to attend Islamic services. These new Muslim inmates attended the services in greater numbers and they seemed to be more militant. The Islamic ulemas sometimes also changed, and the six or seven former faithful Muslims no longer attended regular services.

In the past, most of these Muslims were African Americans and followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Louis Farrakhan in the Nation of Islam. More recently, the Muslims were claiming Wahhabi Shiite, El Rukn, or other more radical followings.

In the early 2000s, a new prison gang and Islamic religious sect calling itself Jamiyyat UI Islam Is Saheeh ("Assembly of Authentic Islam") was started in California's Tehachapi prison by inmates Kevin James and Peter Amador Martinez. The radical group began to radicalize and recruit inmates in a jihad against the U.S.

Levar Washington, a member of Los Angeles' Rolling 60s Crips, was sent to prison in 1999 on charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. In prison, he fell under the influence of Kevin James and joined the group. James trained Washington to carry the jihad out to the streets after his release from prison. Recognizing the vulnerability of parolees to search-and-arrest by law enforcement, he was told to recruit members without criminal records. Upon his release, Washington recruited Gregory Patterson, a 21-year-old employee of the duty-free gift shop at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Patterson had no prior criminal record or gang involvement.

Apparently not interested in LAX as a target, the two jihadists amassed a cache of money they would need for their war against the U.S. by robbing local gas stations. When the two were arrested for the robberies by Torrance Police detectives in July of 2005, the cops found ballistic vests and written material associated with jihad extremists. They also recovered paperwork listing possible targets of the Israeli consulate, two synagogues, and a military recruiting facility.

Later, a Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy from Compton Station stopped a large muscular African-American male and engaged him in a consensual conversation. He turned out to be a heavyweight boxer and gave the deputy a large color photo and advertisement for his "African Zulu Boxing" training. The flyer also listed his contact numbers. The most interesting part of the advertisement was a photo next to his own likeness of an African silverback gorilla (a symbol of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang) and the words "Black Gorilla Family." He called himself "Saifallah," which is an Arabic word for "Sword of Allah."

This isn't the kind of pabulum you're used to hearing regarding profiling and Islamic terrorists. I know most Muslims aren't extreme religious fanatics and terrorists. I know because I've cultivated several of them as informants. They're also often victimized by these same radical extremists. They are sometimes extorted and intimidated into financially contributing to false "humanitarian charities" that support terrorists.


Richard Valdemar
Richard Valdemar

Sergeant (Ret.)

Sgt. Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after spending most of his 33 years on the job combating gangs.

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Sgt. Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after spending most of his 33 years on the job combating gangs.

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