Saturday, February 09, 2013

The Control Factor: Our Struggle to See the True Threat

FrontPage Interview’s guest today is Bill Siegel, a lawyer and business executive. He has been a producer of several documentary films and assists numerous non-profit organizations. He is the author of The Control Factor: Our Struggle to See the True Threat.
FP: Bill Siegel, welcome to FrontPage Interview.

Congratulations on this brilliant book. It is without question one of the most vital works of our time.
Let’s begin with what inspired you to write it.

Siegel: Thanks for having me Jamie. As a young boy born in the mid 1950s, I was fascinated with footage of Hitler and the Third Reich and could never understand how the Jews of the time could not see the evil that seemed so obvious. Not yet appreciative of the benefit of hindsight, I could not comprehend the blindness. Following 9/11, like so many others, I began to study Islam, its history, its current movements, terrorism and so on. As I would learn one stunning aspect after another, I would discuss them with friends and associates.
Rather than confront the facts I would present, they would find one clever way after another to avoid the frightening truth of what America and the West truly face. Their fear appeared obvious to me. I began to catalog many of my friends’ different maneuvers to dispel the anxiety that they found so difficult to endure. The more I focused on their mental processes (as well as my own) the more I began to see a structure to the mental endeavor and to understand what I had, as a child, found so difficult to explain.

FP: Tell us about the Control Factor, what you describe as “that effort our minds engage in in order to keep us blind” and that “process of avoiding seeing the threats we face.” It’s also about, as you state, trying to believe that the threat is under our control, when in fact it is not. Kindly enlighten us as to these profound insights you make in terms of the Control Factor.
Siegel: First, let’s distinguish the ”real world” where real battles are taking place from the mental battlefield which occurs in each of our minds. We tend to believe our perceptions are simply clear realizations of what is “out there” and overlook how much our internal worlds can literally determine what we see. When our internal minds become anxious and sense a loss of “control,” they tend to concoct ways to distort our perceptions so as to restore that sense of inner control. I describe the Control Factor as an “active and continuous process” designed to maintain that sense, if not illusion, of control. We naturally think that our thinking and feeling processes are passive; that they just happen. Yet when faced with truly frightening prospects, the mind is geared to actively distort.
Similarly, the sense of control must be continuously maintained so the Control Factor operates constantly. In turn, the sum of this active and continuous undertaking makes these perceptions all the more familiar and thus seemingly all the more “real.” In one sense, the Control Factor is the mechanism of what Andy McCarthy entitled one of his numerous excellent books- willful blindness. The Control Factor is cleverer than we are aware; that is almost tautological as, if our minds are to create ways to keep us in denial, they must out maneuver our conscious thinking.
Since World War II, America has had limited experience with threats coming to the homeland. Most of America’s history has been about “over there,” where we have always known that if things got too out of hand (e.g. Vietnam) we could always return home. The current generations, for a wide array of reasons, have had virtually no experience with a threat to this land. (The documentary, Generation Zero, is interesting on this point).
Consequently, the process of waking up to such a threat parallels the arc of a typical horror film. In such a film, there is typically a cast of characters surrounding one or two main characters. We in the audience know there is a threat coming – be it a monster, a virus, a psycho killer, an alien, the blob that ate Cincinnati etc. This threat is typically defined by its intent- the singular goal of destroying the characters. Much of the initial exposition shows how the characters first are oblivious to the destruction the threat brings about, then explain it in familiar terms only to finally open their eyes to see that something uniquely terrifying is happening. The next stage usually involves a series of failed attempts to deal with the threat- from trying to negotiate with it, to appease it, to coax it, to threaten it with ineffective weapons and so forth. Most of these failings are due to not adequately appreciating the threat for what it truly is and projecting onto it a host of other attributes instead. The final stage generally involves a back-up-against-the-wall decision by whichever characters remain alive. I named this the “turnaround moment” when the character becomes willing to be as ruthless as the threat. That change in mental state is necessary to ensure survival. Ultimately, the storyline is a race for whichever characters remain to wake up fully and use whatever advantages they may still have to beat the threat.
This is the same arc our minds go through in battling our own Control Factors, our own compulsions to deny that which is staring us in the face. Ultimately, the question is whether we will be able to wake up while we still have advantages and give ourselves permission to fully fight the battle we are in.
I said earlier that there is a structure to the Control Factor. To oversimplify, I view it much as a pyramid where on the bottom are the many minute by minute thoughts that are manipulated. I call this level of maneuvers the many ”D’s” as they include the psychological defenses such as distortion, denial, demonization, deflection, deletion, detachment, delusion, displacement, discolorization and so forth. Layered upon these are moves such as projection, where we can assign to our Islamic Enemy traits we wish to see in them or introject traits from them into ourselves that we wish not to acknowledge. These maneuvers involve a mixing of identities where we actually lose clarity about who we are and who the enemy is. Projection and introjection are active almost across the board. It is always helpful, for instance, to ask how what the enemy accuses us of is more appropriately descriptive of it. When we add Western Guilt and Shame, our need to be liked, and other psychological dimensions, basic thoughts solidify into larger fantasies.
As these narratives (“Our courts will never allow that,” “As a superpower we will always be able to win any fight we put our minds to,” “Assimilation will ensure Muslims are westernized” …) gain consent from others they tend to guide us deeply and become infused on our policies. Ultimately, what emerges is a relationship we take with our Islamic Enemy that parallels that between an addict and an enabler. Emblematic of this relationship is the “transfer of responsibility” in which we assume responsibility for the enemy’s behavior who is addicted to transferring it away from itself. The Control Factor actively maintains this relationship and makes changing that relationship as difficult a chore as any addict finds in breaking his addiction. And just as an addict needs to devote serious effort and consciousness to his addiction, so must we devote great energy to understanding how the Control Factor ultimately sabotages us.
FP: Describe the threat we face in our Islamic enemy. And you talk about the three levels of jihad against us. What are they?
Siegel: Simply stated, our Islamic Enemy seeks the totalitarian domination of Islam throughout the world – Islamic supremacy. It seeks to have the West submit to Islam. Obviously, this does not mean that everybody becomes a Muslim. Islam, in all its varied expressions, permits dhimmis- those Christians, Jews, and some others who are permitted to remain as protected non-Muslims as long as they submit to an inferior status. What is critical is that Shariah (Islamic Law) ultimately rules the world.
Jihad, loosely, is the effort/struggle to see this vision through. The most obvious method of Jihad is through violence; it is the one most familiar to most Westerners and almost all of the Koranic references to Jihad are based in violence.  The Violent Jihad includes al-Qaeda and its offshoots as well as other groups that formed around the globe independent of al-Qaeda. It also obviously includes the violence from Islamic nations such as the Islamic Republic of Iran whose constitution specifies such vision. It also includes, however, various militant groups and training camps here in the US as well as ad hoc efforts of individuals.
Since 9/11, there have been something in excess of 15,000 Violent Jihadic attacks across the globe. However, as terrible as this is, we have a tendency in the West to think that the only dimension of threat we face comes from violence. While the Bush administration helped initiate this thinking, the Obama administration has actively abused it by limiting any discussion of the threat we face to al-Qaeda and some other terrorist groups abroad. As frightening as these groups are, we can get some ease from thinking they are a band of “extremists limited in number, weaponry, sophistication, and means. Stunningly, Hillary Clinton recently estimated that there are only about 50,000 “homicidal” violent extremists around the world who simply have been able to project power much greater than their number should allow. Here the Control Factor makes the threat appear more easily manageable.
Jihad, however, is pursued in other often even more effective ways which I have grouped into three “levels.” A second more insidious level of threat is what the Muslim Brotherhood itself called the “Civilization Jihad.” It is the effort to infiltrate all aspects of our society, peacefully according to our laws, in order to later be in position to sabotage and destroy it from the inside. The Civilization Jihadists have learned the culture and rules of the territories they seek to command and use those rules to maneuver—specifically using our freedoms to destroy our freedoms. They use “lawfare” to seek changes in our laws so as to push Shariah into our society. Your readers should read Daniel Pipes and Brooke Goldstein’s Lawfare Project material and others to fully appreciate how cancerous this activity has become. This includes intimidating in a variety of ways anyone who speaks out against them or Islam and seeking to squelch our treasured broad right to free speech so as to ultimately prevent any criticisms of Islam. Once criticism of Islam is prohibited, little can stop it from cascading throughout the culture.
The Civilization Jihad includes situating such Jihadists in critical positions in the society, in the government, in the legal system, the military, and elsewhere. It includes the control over university programs that distribute propaganda about Islam and Islamic history which then filters down throughout textbooks for even younger students. It includes control over most of the nation’s mosques and local Imams guiding the messages engaged Muslims are receiving. Most troublesome are the Muslim groups (CAIR, ISNA, MSA and others associated and/or joint venture partners with the Muslim Brotherhood) supposedly interested in “outreach” which know how to appear Westernized and interested in the goals of Western Civilization. They have fooled a large part of our authorities and media due in part to their patience and willingness to chip away, one airport prayer room, one frivolous intimidating lawsuit, one Congressman or CIA officer, one mosque, one ruling at a time.
Particularly in the US, given our deep attachment to freedom as well as cultural and psychological tendencies toward diversity, Western guilt and expectations of truthfulness, this effort is devious and difficult to uproot. The Civilization Jihadists present one face to the American public which is completely at odds with their true agenda and how they deal in private. Jamie, you and David and others such as Steve Emerson, Frank Gaffney, Andy McCarthy and others have done so much to uncover this level of Jihad that your readers should be urged to review as much of their work (including Steve’s recent excellent documentary, The Grand Deception, and Frank’s important web video course, The Muslim Brotherhood in America) as possible.
Finally, there is a third level – the International Institutional Jihad. Here the most powerful international institutions such as the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and others seek to push into America from without those changes which are difficult to complete from within. The OIC is the largest Islamic institution in the world. It essentially controls the vote in the UN’s General Assembly and thus explains in part the absurd and abject pro-Islamic, anti-Israel thrust of that organization. This level seeks to use the power of Islamic nations to work from outside the West to force changes within the West. While there are various conflicts between many of the nations, being Islamic majority states, there is a great deal they agree upon which becomes the focus of these efforts. Just as the Obama administration is beginning to cooperate with international efforts to control gun ownership, so has Hillary Clinton’s Istanbul Process become a dangerous step in the effort to restrict speech critical of Islam by norm (or possibly even treaty) when it may not be fully executable by domestic action alone.
I should point out that Stephen Coughlin, the former Pentagon officer who has an important must-see presentation of Islamic Law, uses different names for these same three levels – Jihad, Dawa, and Ummah. Had I seen his work before I wrote my book I would have conformed to his categorizations.
We must learn how powerful language has become on all three levels. Words such as “peace,” “freedom,” ”terrorism,” and phrases such as “human rights” have different meanings for us and for our Islamic Enemy. To oversimplify, “peace” is not something for now but that which comes when all the earth is submitting to Islam. In the context of battles, “peace” is at best a temporary ceasefire. “Freedom” is best understood as having the freedom to fully submit to Islam, not to choose whatever beliefs one desires while respecting the same right in others. We’ve all seen how ”human rights” and “terror” really only apply among Muslims, not to non-Muslims. Our enemy fully understands these differences and uses them at all levels to paralyze us.
Look simply at how the phrase “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” has equalized the two parties, making it all the easier to ascribe features of one to the other and view the problem as a simple-to fix division of assets into statehoods but for personality problems among the leaders. The simple truth is that this is and has always been a one-sided Arab war against Israel as Ruth Wisse and others have described and, as Bibi Netanyahu made clear, the ONLY state truly at issue here has been the State of Israel that the Arabs have refused for over half a century. Nonetheless, the Control Factor hypnotically abuses the mind’s susceptibility to the intricacies of language.
Even the label “Peace Process” has been damaging language. While most focus upon the first word, turning this into a “process” has helped ensure that peace is never obtained. It is more appropriately called the “Extortion Process” because all that results is that violence is used over decades to extract concessions from Israel.
These three levels must be understood for their differences while united by a single goal. While these levels often operate together and assist each other, we must avoid “level confusion” which the Control Factor employs to curtail our fears. If the Obama narrative is swallowed- that the only threat is the Violent Jihad- we will miss the other contamination fomenting within our borders. We must appreciate how these levels work together and even unite with other forces such as the global Leftist movement that you, Jamie, have described so forcefully in United in Hate.
FP: You write about how we like to talk of “Good Muslims” and how we are always on the eternal search for “moderate” Muslims (Khatami, Mousavi, Abbas, etc), while we stress how the “extremists” are the real problem and how “few” they really are. All of this is connected to the Control Factor. Enlighten us.
Siegel: The Control Factor seeks to have us feel in control of the situation. The easiest way to do this is to simply minimize the number of potential enemies. We have been lectured for years about how Islam is a “religion of peace” and that the violence we see (remember that we have already improperly limited the problem to violence) is the product of a small number of “crazies” (remember Hillary Clinton’s 50,000) who have distorted Islam. I call this the “Peaceful Muslim Disclaimer” as virtually everyone in the press and government has been bullied into making some statement of the kind to silence those who will pressure them that they are “Islamophobic” and Islam is being attacked. (These are the Islam hustlers who operate on the same principles that black race hustlers so effectively used to extort concessions over the last six decades or so).
Nobody has done any real work to support this proposition, nor is it clear exactly how it would be tested. My view is that the grammar “Islam is x” is itself problematic because Islam has expressed itself throughout history in a variety of fashions. It is more useful to talk in terms of how seriously engaged with Islam, the Koran and other texts, a Muslim is. What is significant is how Muslims today are using Islam and most of those who are in power either throughout a large territory or within a small community tend toward, if not fully advocate, the very supremacist ideas that we try to tell ourselves are reserved for the few ”extremists.”  Presumably most Germans did not wish to see all Nazi atrocities carried out but in the end they fell in line because they had to. Those our politicians and press call the “extremists” are in one sense more accurately the “good” Muslims who are following their Islamic beliefs dutifully.
FP: Tell us how Western shame and guilt play into all of this.
Siegel: One of the dirty little secrets the Control Factor preys upon is that if we believe we control something we can comfort ourselves that we can change it. Remember the horror film- the threat has one purpose and that is to destroy you. You can not change it, talk it out of it, teach it alternatives or otherwise. That is what makes it so inherently frightening. If we can convince ourselves that we caused the threat to act the way it does we can maintain the secret hope that we can change it. Consequently, there is a tremendous attraction to blaming ourselves for the Islamic Enemy’s behavior. And we see this power in our readily accepting responsibility for terror- because of our occupation, our greedy quest for oil, our failure to extend a hand of “engagement,” Israel’s building settlements, our making videos that defame Mohammed and so on. Again, the relationship is defined by the enemy blaming us for his actions and our accepting such responsibility.
Shelby Steele has written brilliantly about what he calls “white guilt” and outlines how whites during the 60′s and thereafter were pressured into a transaction whereby in order to re-obtain a sense of moral authority they accepted blame for the condition of blacks and behaved as if guilty. Blacks were able to extract great concessions and whites were able to view themselves as morally restored and redeemed. At a certain point, however, the behavior takes on a life of its own and the narratives become deeply embedded in the culture and, as we can see today, difficult to uproot.
Western guilt is an extension of Steele’s notion. President Obama’s confessionals to the Arab world admitting that America has made “mistakes” and was not born a colonial power express this same tendency to appease through guilt. Hillary Clinton’s “reset” with Russia conveyed the same submissive request for a more acceptable response. In being guilty we presume the other party will recognize our contrition and respond in like kind. One of the Control Factor’s most devastating moves is employed- presuming the other is just like us and will respond the way we would. This is frequently how an enabler justifies his continuous support for an addict. The problem, however is that our Islamic Enemy is NOT like us and will not respond in like kind. Rather, as we repeatedly refuse to learn, appeasement invites more abuse from an enemy. This becomes the ”game of guilt;” it tends to expand to greater and greater consequences. Paradoxically, psychological defenses tend to create the very outcomes they seek to eliminate and it is no different here. It is a game we love to play but, unfortunately, the game gives us no rules for how to end it.
All behavior is instructive. That is, we teach others how to treat us. The game of guilt, along with other Control Factor tools, teaches our Enemy it is winning and to continue playing.
FP: The reason Nidal Hasan was able to perpetrate his murder spree at Fort Hood is precisely because of our Control Factor. Please connect the dots for our readers.
Siegel: Just as I used to look at Hitler when I was young and be amazed that no one could see what he was about, in retrospect the same applies to Hasan. It is precisely all the elements of the Control Factor that could allow this man, a Soldier of Allah, to be positioned as he was. He was blatantly voicing his Islamist views and Jihadi intent including, even, an essay recommending the “painful liquidation” of non-Muslims. Yet, in the Army of all places, the Control Factor operated to allow and even foster his work.  Even after the murders, we continue the denial by calling it “workplace violence.” He is the Civilization-Violent Jihad combo! And we continue to enable the same infiltration elsewhere.
FP: Tell our readers about “The Project” and “Explanatory Memorandum.” These are realities that serve as great threats to the Control Factor, right?
Siegel: These are separate sets of documents that outline the Muslim Brotherhood’s goals and plans underlying the Civilization Jihad. The former was discovered in Europe and extends globally. The 1991 Explanatory Memorandum emerged in 2008 from the Holy Land Foundation trial and describes the Brotherhood’s work in America as a “Civilization-Jihadist Process with all the word means” and “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their own hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
Much as the communists of the Soviet Union had formulated in the 1950s a detailed long term plan to destroy America (many of the effects of which we are seeing of late including destroying the nuclear family, secularizing the nation, feminizing men …) these documents identify many strategies to infiltrate while eroding the foundations of our civilization in order to transform it into an Islamic one. The Control Factor has many ingenious ways to convince us that this is ridiculous, that our courts and system would never allow such a thing, that one is racist or “Islamophobic,” if not insane, for even thinking this is real.  And just as with the communists, time is plentiful. Even more so with our Islamic Enemy, a multi-decade plan is short term. It is not critical that a seriously engaged Muslim lives to see the result. It is critical, more correctly a duty, however, that he carries on his Jihad. Patrick Poole and The Center for Security Policy’s Team B Report, Shariah: The Threat to America, are excellent sources for your readers to pursue these documents.
FP: And so what you call an “Inner Jihad” has to start. It’s our, as you say, mandatory “addiction treatment.” Please explain.
Siegel: The “Inner Jihad” is the effort we must undertake to gain control over our Control Factors. There is a famous Hadith in which Mohammad, returning from a successful battle, essentially says that the physical fight was the “lesser Jihad” and it is time to then attend to the “greater Jihad”- that internal battle against our own internal appetites, lusts, wrong thinking and so forth. While that Hadith has been falsely utilized to say that “Jihad” is not violent, it is useful to us as a symbol of the vicious effort we must take internally against our own Control Factor tendencies.
As I said earlier, the Control Factor is “active” and “continuous” so we must constantly monitor and combat it. Like “Whack-a-Mole,” just as we may think we have addressed it, another variation pops right up. I use the terms “addict” and “enabler” because we truly need a form of rehab to break the habitual power of the Control Factor and because our relationship with our Islamic Enemy is very much like that between a typical addict and his enabler. And just as it is so difficult for an addict to kick his habit, so does the enabler act essentially addicted to his behavior and find it so difficult to change. At its core, the relationship involves the transfer of responsibility for our Islamic Enemy’s hate and resultant actions onto us with our response framed essentially as an effort to do what we can to try to address the Enemy’s grievance. (Your book, United in Hate, describes this addiction to hate in detail.
The key to the Inner Jihad is to learn to transfer responsibility for our Islamic Enemy’s hate and resultant actions back to it and take responsibility back for our own situation. We must learn all we can about the enemy. We must unwind our inappropriate projections and introjections and rediscover who we are and are not. We must speak up. We must support those Muslims who promote expressions of Islam that are consistent with our principles. And we must stalk the Control Factor, constantly be on guard for its intrusion. This is an individual endeavor as each of our Control Factors uses its own methods. The book gives plenty of examples of each maneuver discussed but it is important for each of us to discover the unique workings of his own mind. That takes the work of the Inner Jihad.
FP: Share with our readers what you mean by the “Turnaround Moment.”
Siegel: There is a moment in typical horror films where the central characters have been pushed to their limit. They then change and fully embrace the willingness to be as ruthless as the threat they face. No more moral high ground; no more futile attempts to ignore or change the threat’s essence. As Lee Harris described in The Suicide of Reason, it is the willingness or license to be (not necessarily actually being) as ruthless that is critical. It is a mental state that sheds all the prior counter-productive efforts at denial to finally clearly focus on the threat faced. Part of the Inner Jihad is to reach that Turnaround Moment sooner rather than later.
FP: You suggest that “mirroring” should be used as part of our arsenal. Tell us about it.
Siegel: Mirroring is a literal approach to transferring back to the addict responsibility that we have been inappropriately accepting. Critical to the addict/enabler relationship is asymmetry. Like the addict, the enemy uses a less limiting set of rules than we do. The enemy typically initiates aggression while we respond only. Mirroring means that we demonstrate our willingness to act symmetrically, to be governed by the same rules. It is stunning how much is accomplished when one’s attitude simply is clear that he will do what is necessary; often not much else is needed as the addict or enemy realizes the game is fundamentally changed. But other times action is absolutely needed. Demonstrating that we are not afraid to treat the enemy as it treats us carries great meaning. Imagine (international law aside) if Israel announced that from now on it will mirror Hamas such that if civilian populations are targeted by bombs from Gaza, Israel will do the same (it is accused of such anyway).  The population might finally rethink and take responsibility for its privilege of voting its leaders. As stated earlier, all behavior is instructive and when we mirror we teach the other the effects of his behavior.
Conversely, some situations demand that we assert asymmetry; those cases where it is necessary to highlight our differences with the enemy. Just this week, an disingenuous report was issued by an NGO drawing an equivalence between Palestinian and Israeli schoolbooks claiming that both sides have their relativistic “narratives.” Yet, as the Palestinian Media Watch’s website has demonstrated for years, there is nothing in the West anywhere comparable to the hatred spewed daily by the Palestinian Authority, including through its education system. It is interesting to note that while the US State Department initially funded the “study,”- in what appears to be an attempt to sanitize the PA’s record so that the US can continue to fund the PA against the spirit of US law- Hillary Clinton has a difficult time escaping her conclusion as Senator in 2007 that these schoolbooks along with other media “profoundly poison(s) the minds of these children.” It is most important that we do not succumb to this type of use of symmetry that distorts the profound differences between us and the enemy.
Essentially, we are not clear as a nation, participating in a world with international rules, how to best fight this enemy. The first act of any rehab is to acknowledge that we do not know how nor are we yet competent to stop our addictions. This is not a book about policy. In fact, the “right” policies are unlikely to emerge until a critical mass has meaningfully dealt with their Control Factors and share a common perspective. We like to look at our history and assume a single perspective throughout but the truth is that we had to learn how to respond to Pearl Harbor, the Nazis, the Cold War etc. The same applies here. Our press promotes “elites” who are tasked with acting as if they possess the “true wisdom” to deal with our threats but the truth is we do not know nor are we equipped to marshal enough of our population to agree just yet. The sooner we learn, however, the less we will suffer. Mirroring has always been a key component of those lessons.
I have been encouraged by some recent acts that have begun to nip at the asymmetry. For years, the language of “feelings” had been reserved for our enemy while we were limited to that of “action;” we would do terrible acts that would cause bad feelings in the enemy which would then serve to justify whatever response it made. It had always been a question of the harsh insensitive acts Westerners do against Muslims and the resulting hurt, lossshame etc. that Muslims experience. The Ground Zero Mosque incident, however, broke new ground because all of a sudden non-Muslims’ feelings became the focus and were cast as resulting from Muslim acts. Another example was seen in how quickly the attempt to blame the Benghazi murders on the video about Mohammad fell apart. Just as large corporations eventually learned to turn away from shakedown attempts from race baiters, we are beginning to learn to demand symmetry through mirroring. A word of caution: When enablers change their behavior and demand symmetrical rules for the addict, the latter typically initially erupts with great resistance. This is a stage we must be prepared to tolerate and fully withstand as it creates the only real chance for the addict to finally change. It is critical, therefore, that when we finally engage in mirroring that we be prepared to see it through completion.
FP: What if we fail to engage in our own Inner Jihad and the Control Factor stays firmly in place?
Siegel: Critical to the Inner Jihad is the realization that our civilization is fragile; not to be taken for granted. Our demands for multi-culturalism and diversity have bumped heads with the simple paradox that tolerating the intolerant leads to extinction. Tolerating the intolerant is perhaps the most crystalline version of asymmetry we have accepted. Seriously engaged Muslims MUST place the Koran above all law while in America, the Constitution ranks supreme. As Omar Ahmad, founder of CAIR, reputedly said, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran is the highest authority in America and Islam is the only accepted religion on Earth.” Who makes law- the people or Allah? While the Control Factor constantly seeks for some accommodation between the two, this conflict CAN NOT be negotiated. Only one can survive not because we have declared “war” but because our Islamic Enemy has. That is, perhaps, the lesson we will most need to fully learn, one way or another. We will eventually hit a Turnaround Moment as a nation and if enough of us are not truly prepared to fight and continue to be controlled by our delusions, we will lose. If we truly seek to win, it is better to get there sooner while we have advantages than later.
FP: Bill Siegel, thank you for joining FrontPage Interview.
And thank you for writing this superb and most important book.
We encourage all of our readers to get their hands on The Control Factor: Our Struggle to See the True Threat and to read it!
Editor’s note: To watch The Glazov Gang‘s recent discussion about the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration of the United States and the Obama administration, see this week’s episode below:

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