Jeff D. Patterson

Middle East Specialist

While the ashes were beginning to settle in New York City with the setting of the sun on 9/11, Jeff D. Patterson was unpacking his bags far, far away from American shores; far, far away from his family and friends; far, far away from his homeland. He was starting a new phase of life in a region of the world he would call ‘home’ for most of the next decade. Jeff was taking his first breaths of Middle Eastern air, thinking of the world becoming a better place…

In contrast to most Americans who worked through the horrific aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while living in America, Jeff worked through the terrible effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while living in urban-slums and refugee camps throughout the Middle East. And by having spent years actually living day-in and day-out inside of these urban-slums and refugee camps, he gained a street-level knowledge and deep understanding of the cultural nuances, political landscape, tribal and sectarian dynamics, languages and religious beliefs held throughout the Arab World that is impossible to acquire through years-upon-years of mere academic study.

After graduating from high school, Jeff’s academic pursuits took on a variety of different forms, most of which the majority would consider atypical at the least. He first went to one of the six Senior Military Colleges (SMC’s) in the United States, mostly out of a strong sense of intrigue towards what it was that made the attrition rate for first-year cadets so incredibly high. He, however, did not find an answer to the mystery, as he was one of the few who did successfully complete the first full year entirely. From there, he found himself studying alongside of Jesuit and Dominican priests and intellectuals at a European Catholic University where he went on to receive a degree in Arabic. And finally, to make sure his academic portfolio was balanced, he spent several years studying under Islamic scholars throughout the Arab World.

Jeff’s interests and hobbies are also as widely varied and non-traditional as his educational background. At the age of six, Jeff saw his first Broadway show. This immediately led to a love for role-play and drama, and his emphatic declaration to the world from the top of the Empire State Building that one day he would “be a Broadway actor and ride around New York City in a great big limousine”. At the age of eight, for the first time Jeff saw the implementation of one of his many—and seemingly never-ending—entrepreneurial ideas; a small neighborhood based barber-shop he ran out of his parents’ garage! Today, some decades later, that entrepreneurial spirit has evolved into him being an on-and-off stock market and real estate investor. Jeff also has maintained a lifelong love for music, and he himself enjoys playing—or attempting to play—a variety of instruments such as the guitar, mandolin, piano, and oud (Arab lute). And just to make certain that his interests and hobbies are rounded out, Jeff is also a certified skydiver, a certified scuba diver, a snowboarder, and recently has begun learning to fly ultralight-trikes (powered hang-gliders).

Jeff also loves red wine, cheese, sushi and strong black coffee. Really strong black coffee. Like motor-oil strong.

As of September 15, 2017, Jeff D.'s 37 articles like "Американский джихадист" have totaled 4.6M views and shares.

Jeff D.'s 37 most recent articles:

NOV 27 2015
Wise Alf
Politics

Кто становится террористом?

Как один человек стал террористом-смертником

OCT 21 2015
Wise Alf
Politics

Американский джихадист

Направляющийся домой: Часть вторая

OCT 19 2015
Wise Alf
Politics

Дроны: сделано в США

Когда ад приходит с небес

OCT 06 2015
Wise Alf
Politics

Блаженны реалисты

Так как они переживут изодранную войной иронию нашей земли

OCT 01 2015
Wise Alf
Politics

Американский джихадист

Направляющийся домой

SEP 29 2015
Wise Alf
Politics

Уничтожьте варварство

Когда нет другого пути

SEP 03 2015
Wise Alf
Politics

Создают ли диктаторы мир?

Танцуя с дьяволом в борьбе за мир на Ближнем Востоке

OCT 11 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

An American Jihadist

Homeward bound: Part Two
"We hope for hardships, because the more difficult the situation is, the closer we are to God."

SEP 14 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

Behead Barbarism

When no other option exists.
"When one has no sense of self-preservation at all, absolutely nothing is out of the question."

SEP 07 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

An American Jihadist

Homeward bound
"Before I am an American, I am a Muslim."

JAN 26 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

Syria's Slow Starvation

Our new Nazism, our new Adolf Hitler.
"With every breath of life-giving air we take, for a Syrian, life seems to be taken away."

JAN 19 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

Jihadist Birth Centers

Can hope kill terrorism? Part Two
"Their hungry bellies began to be filled with sick and twisted lies that fuel the fires of terrorism."

JAN 12 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

An Illusive Democracy

Could this be our true desire for the Middle East?
"Do we sincerely want bona fide, democratically elected leaders in control across the Middle East?"

JAN 03 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

Today's al-Qaeda

Benghazi, al-Qaeda, and hope for the elusive world peace.
"Today's al-Qaeda cannot be viewed as a single, tight-knit band of violent, fanatical terrorists."

DEC 29 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

My Way To War: Part Two

The continued story of one man's journey into Syrian battle.
"There are times when the amount of evil is so extraordinary, outside intervention is a necessity."

DEC 22 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

A Snowy Syrian Season

A reminder to the world that we're still here.
"Imagine waking up in the morning and seeing your exhaled breath dance through the cold crisp air."

NOV 25 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

And the Winner Is... Iran

Not understanding others is a time bomb waiting to explode.
"Iran is required to deceive, lie and manipulate in order to continue their nuclear weapons program."

OCT 06 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Do Dictators Do Peace?

Dancing with the devil for peace in the Middle East.
"A belief that democracy is best for all nations everywhere may not be the case in the Middle East."

OCT 06 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Syrian Cotton Pickers

More childhoods lost: Part three.
"One cause of child labor is selfish consumerism at the expense of gross worker-exploitation."

SEP 26 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Nura: A Syrian Refugee

A story of another childhood lost: Part two.
"These hardships do not discriminate; nobody in a refugee camp is immune to them. Nobody at all."

SEP 20 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Blessed Are The Realists

For they shall survive the war-torn ironies of earth.
"The reality of the Middle East is that not much makes sense from a Western perspective."

SEP 16 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Can Hope Kill Terrorism?

Angry, hungry and hopeless: Exactly who al-Qaeda wants.
"The cries of the poor and the shouts of the masses are heard by the religious fanatics."

SEP 07 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

The Coming War

The Sunni-Shia battle for Islam.
"This religious war, however, would not be a war between religions, but a war within a religion."

SEP 02 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

The Syrian Bonhoeffer

When the lesser of two evils means bloodstained hands.
"Sometimes the lesser of two evils still means bloodstained hands."

AUG 31 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Victim Of The Syrian War

A story of another childhood lost.
"Try to imagine this is one of your own daughters, whom you love dearly, and would do anything for."

AUG 24 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

The "Red-Line" Is Crossed

How many dead Syrians does it take?
"While I consider myself a non-interventionalist, it is true that we all need help from time to time."

AUG 21 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

The Mission Of God

The Salafis next move in Egypt.
"Truly, death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations!"

AUG 15 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Drones: Made In America

When Hell comes down from Heaven.
"For many drones symbolize American aggression that cannot discriminate between the good and the bad."

AUG 14 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

The Blood Of The Martyrs

For every martyr slain, another 1000 are born.
"The many faces of the martyrs - men, women, even children - are forever painted in my mind's eye."

AUG 11 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

A Child Of The Shadow War

One boy's life held hostage by the drones.
"The Americans say they are only going after terrorists with their drones, but I do not believe that."

AUG 07 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

The Egyptian Experiment

The man and the machine who actually rule Egypt.
"An Egyptian solution to an Egyptian problem is not what most Americans want; or is it?"

AUG 05 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Syria: Is It Too Late?

What the United States should do in Syria.
"We should take a sober look at what may be the consequences of our reluctance to be involved."

AUG 03 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Who Makes a Terrorist?

How one man became a suicide bomber
"Today, through my death, I will bring life one step closer to my people."

JUL 30 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

Bad Guys, Good Lies?

When black-and-white must turn to grey.
"The issue of right versus wrong doesn't matter; whether the act is honorable or dishonorable does."

JUL 27 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

My Way To War

A story of one man's journey into Syrian battle.
"I ask that at the very least you will pray for an end to the ongoing turmoil and violence..."

JUL 24 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

The Dead Don't Debate

The Ultimate Consequence Of Being Decidedly Indecisive.
"The Syrian opposition wants and needs both lethal AND non-lethal aid and support."

JUL 24 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

The Rise of the Salafis

A truth we refuse to believe.
"Just to be clear, Egyptian Salafis are not merely ultra-conservative, devout, pious, Sunni Muslims."

Visit Jeff D.'s sponsor: