Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Sheskin, a retired officer (Major) of the IDF. He has spent many years in Israeli intelligence services, primarily in the European theatre of operations. His expertise is in Radical Islam, Sharia Law, and the art of detecting the whereabouts of terrorist leaders in Europe and bringing them to justice. He lives in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. Visit his website at Waltzingwicked.com.
FP: Dave Sheskin, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Sheskin: Thank you for this opportunity.
FP: Give us a bit of background about yourself.
Sheskin: I was born, raised and educated in Montreal. When the Six Day War erupted in June of 67, I was 24 years of age, and at the time I couldn’t care less about a war being fought many thousands of miles away. Having said that, I received a phone call from my older brother asking me if I was willing to go to Israel as a volunteer and help out while the regular and reserve soldiers were being called to duty.
My initial reaction was definitely not a positive one, but at that time, my brother was the Director of the Labour Zionist Youth Movement, and began bombarding me with Jewish guilt. Reluctantly, I eventually agreed to go for a three month period providing that I still had a job waiting for me when I returned. I discussed the issue with my boss, who was the owner of a high-end men’s retail outfit, and little did I realize at the time that he too was very active in the Jewish community in Montreal, and raised funds for Israel. His precise words to me were, “if you don’t go, Dave, I will be ashamed of you.” Three days later I was in Israel.
My parents were devastated by my decision, and for many months after, neither my parents or two older sisters spoke to my brother. “He’s just a boy,” they said. They insisted that my brother bring me home immediately, but by that time I was deep into the adventure of a lifetime and had no desire to return to Canada. Two months later, I met my first wife and we began a family immediately. I enlisted in the IDF in 69, and eventually embarked on a permanent career with the IDF.
In 69, I entered the Officers Military Academy, and my initial assignment after graduation was as a young Lieutenant Liaison Officer to the United Nations stationed in the Golan Heights. Subsequent to the Yom Kippur War in 73, I was scouted by a talent agent from Mossad, and recruited into the illustrious institute. I served my country and its people for more than 19 years.
FP: So what can you tell us in general, in terms of what you can say without divulging sensitive information, that you were doing over those 19 years for Mossad?
Sheskin: Yes Jamie, as you allude to, it’s unfortunately not in my best interest to divulge sensitive data about the organization, or openly relate any information that may be sensitive, harmful or embarrassing to my ex-employer, who, by the way, has treated me with respect and fairness throughout my career.
However, what I`m able to reveal is that the majority of my time spent with the institute, I was searching out the hiding places where the Radical Fundamentalists (I prefer the term terrorists) found a safe haven. I related that info back to HQ, where the data was sorted and scrutinized by my superiors who were part of a team of a privileged few that came to decisions as to what should be done next.
An ever increasing number of these radical organizations sprung up throughout Europe in the mid-70s, and posed an escalating threat to the Jews and Christians residing in any one of the European nations that provided them with shelter. France was by far the staunchest supporter of these terrorists, and for their contributions, they were well compensated. Oil was the major reward. England, Belgium, Spain, Romania and Hungary also had large populations of unwanted aliens from Muslim nations living amongst them, but it appeared that they did not legally offer refuge to the terrorists. Sadly, their borders were not well secured, and the radicals found it rather easy to enter these countries without the authorities being aware. That is most European countries besides France. So basically, my job at the time was to track down the whereabouts of the terrorists and compiling a detailed activity folio which was transmitted to headquarters where the decisions were made.
FP: From what you seem to be saying, Europe is drowning in the face of Islamization. It’s also been allowing toxic elements to nest on its territory. What can be done? Is it too late for Europe to save itself?
Sheskin: With approximately 52 million Muslims now residing in Europe, most experts believe that the European demographics are challenged. In my opinion, it is too late for Europe to save itself. The radical component of this aforesaid group is increasing dramatically, and they do not conform to the host society. They would prefer that the host society adapt to their laws and customs. This clashes directly with our democratic ideals, and if we are not careful, we will eventually face the same fate.
FP: Your thoughts on our confrontation with Radical Islam and Sharia Law?
Sheskin: We have not yet experienced much conflict with the radical Islamists, but if we fail to regulate and control the immigration laws of this country, Canada, we stand to relinquish our right of self-expression, self-determination and democracy as we know it. Should we remain complacent and fail in our endeavor to prevent the radical Islamists from settling here, there will be more than just a confrontation; a holy Jihad will more than likely be the penalty.
This is the last bastion of western civilization to be conquered by them, and they have emphatically said so many times. The United States of Islam and Canada is the name that they would love to see waving in the breeze on an Islamic Crescent flag. And let there be no doubt whatsoever that we are the ultimate prize for them. Once their numbers have substantially increased, it will be our children, grandchildren and all generations to follow that will have to face the consequences of a confrontation that we can not win.
Using Quebec as an example, the Muslim community in that province has grown and exploded since the last census taking, and their increase in permitted immigration there has swelled by more than 140% within the last decade. If ever they get the opportunity to propagate here as they have in Europe, over 52 million we will become a minority people within mere decades. Unfortunately, our government has done little to prevent them from settling here in large numbers, and they are enjoying the freedom we offer.
Having said that, I do believe that our Prime Minister; Mr. Harper will eventually change the immigration laws, and allow the moderates a better place to live and raise their families, but keep the radicals out. Today we are concerned with containing and eradicating the H1N1 virus, when there exists a far more dangerous virus poised and primed to annihilate us. This virus I refer to as the radical I.S.L.A.M virus. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the moderate Muslims into our society, and thank them for their willingness to adjust to the Canadian way of life, and for their many contributions to this nation.
As far as Sharia Law is concerned, we are already witnessing the consequences of allowing them even a limited amount of freedom in that area in England, Belgium and Denmark. Sharia requires its followers to engage in Jihad through whatever means possible, and if not for any other reason, that should be enough for us to have Sharia Law banned in this country.
Sharia explicitly calls for the use of violent techniques that are designed to create fear amongst the so-called infidels, and whoever stands in the way of a potential Muslim theocracy would be easily eliminated. The suppression and brutalization of women and persecution of our gay society must never be permitted to take hold here. All we have to do is take a drive through Detroit, and see what Sharia Law has done there. Such immoral practices of religious justice stems from the Qur’an itself, and it is cruel. Their oppressive and barbaric laws can contribute nothing to the betterment of our society, or for that matter, even theirs.
Personally, I do not believe that any God could or would ever sanction laws that are meant to destroy instead of offering encouragement. If the laws of Sharia are meant to uphold the laws of the Qur’an, then they must also include the parts that speak of tolerance and forgiveness. To kill in the name of some distorted and misguided religious set of rules goes far beyond evil. Therefore, once again, I ask all decent peace-loving Muslims to stand up for, and abide by the laws of our legal system; which is the epitome of fairness.
FP: What has Sharia Law done in Detroit?
Sheskin: A few months ago, I drove through a sector of Michigan called Dearborn. I stopped at a red light and took advantage of the brief interlude to survey my surroundings. I could have sworn that I was back in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. The men were walking a few steps in front of the women, as was customary, while the women all covered in dark shades of burkas’ and hijabs trailed a fair distance behind pushing baby strollers. That on its own was proof enough for me that Sharia Law was observed.
However, there were other indicators as well. The Sharia courts in Detroit and surrounding areas are authorized to settle family disputes without the consent of the US courts, and use shaming tactics as a tool for punishment. That is also legal. They have their own religious policing unit that operate independently from the local authorities, and recently, so-called ‘infidel residents’ have stated that they do believe that “honour killings” are carried out, and the bodies disposed of in secluded areas of the state that are not easy to get to by the state authorities.
FP: What is your primary activity now?
Sheskin: I spend the majority of my time writing my memoirs, doing book tours and speaking engagements. My wife Leah and I live in the Niagara Region of Ontario, and share our home with our wonderful Golden Retriever; Seamus. My three children and five grandchildren have preferred to make their home and raise families in Israel, and I try to speak with them at least once or twice a week; time permitting. My eldest son, Rafi is a yachtsman in summer, and coaches tennis in the wintertime. He still serves in the IDF reserves as a paratrooper. The eldest of my two beautiful daughters is married to a police officer, and she is a stay at home mother. My youngest daughter is a professional singer and dancer, and as of this moment she is still single; although that status can change anytime.
FP: Are you optimistic or pessimistic about Israel’s and the West’s ability and capacity to defend itself against Radical Islam?
Sheskin: This may sound bizarre, but I do believe that radical Islam and its followers will ultimately self-destruct in time. Israel most definitely has the means to protect herself from this enemy, because we have grown to know precisely what they stand for and what their intentions are towards us. Should they ever attempt to draw us into a place that we wish not to go, they will experience the wrath of a nation and its inhabitants who have had enough of their threats and verbal intimidation.
I would want to see the Western world be more prepared then they are. As of this moment, I do believe that Israel is better equipped to handle radical Islam. We are fortunate to have friends such as Canada and the United States for supporting us. If need be, we would do the same for them. In addition, I believe that Moammar Khadafy of Libya and Ahmadinijad of Iran spew so much hatred, that it is an endeavor on their part to convince themselves that they are superior to us. To be able to prove that is another issue; and I certainly hope that they do not push us too far. Our reaction would be very severe and unforgiving.
FP: Dave Sheskin, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
Sheskin: Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to express myself, and hopefully my comments will create awareness amongst all peace loving people living in the West.
[To get the whole story on the threat of Radical Islam and why the Left aids and abets it, read Jamie Glazov’s new book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.]