By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine.
Is Fethullah Gulen the feeble, kindly imam that mainstream media is making him out to be? Hardly. What this article will show is that Gulen is instead a career ultra-nationalist bent on carving up the Middle East and Asia. Gulen is on a mission to destroy Russia and China by cutting out territory that contains Turkic peoples from both nations.
Important to understand is Gulen is at work creating a Turkic Islamic World Order inside the countries his schools, people, and businesses reside in.
How did Fethullah Gulen become so powerful in Turkey? In brief I’ll describe his rise for what it is; Erdogan’s self-inflicted wound, that without his own best effort and direct early support could never have happened. It will also show why Erdogan’s purges are going so deep and broad inside all of Turkey’s power structures. What do his people consider Gulen? He is a prophet. –Fethullah Gülen’s Grand Ambition Turkey’s Islamist Danger by Rachel Sharon-Krespin Middle East Quarterly Winter 2009, pp. 55-66
This is a step down from being God. With a whisper, a prophet releases the Word of God to creative or destructive purpose. To his people, this is Fethullah Gulen.
Ankara has accused Gulen of setting up a counter government. I’ll show the proofs that within the United States, Gulen has in fact set up a political organization that is only a step down from a full blown government in exile. It is complete with diplomatic ties to other like minded countries.
The US Government has denied involvement in the coup attempt. In fact it offered Erdogan moral support. This information leads to the conclusion that there was no direct involvement. Instead, rogue and/or ignorant elements of government have been working with Fethullah Gulen facilitating this coup attempt.
Why would thousands of hyphenated-Americans support Fethullah Gulen against the interests of their own country? Is this legal? The Turkish coup is the hammer that makes this article series on the dangers presented by dual loyal citizens drive home. When hyphenated-American emigres can control elections, foreign policy, and drive domestic policy against the interests of the rest of the country including starting wars; maybe its time to rethink how our political landscape actually works.
Lastly, it wouldn’t be any fun without tying this ultra-nationalist to Stepan Bandera’s OUNb. This tie by itself negates any indication of moderation inside his movement. In fact, he directly supports groups that have murdered thousands of people in the name of nationalism.
Turkey itself is a Promethean country. In the last few segments of this article, Prometheanism is described as nationalist political governments set up as an insulator against the Soviet Union, followed by the Russian Federation and China. It’s overflow back into the Russian Federation (at the time Soviet Union) and China was to cause both countries destruction through the spread of nationalism.
“Prometheism or Prometheanism (Polish: “Prometeizm”) was a political project initiated by Poland’s Józef Piłsudski. Its aim was to weaken the Russian Empire and its successor states, including the Soviet Union, by supporting nationalist independence movements among the major non-Russian peoples that lived within the borders of Russia and the Soviet Union.” Wikipedia
Gulen is the leader of what is known as Pan Turkism. The goal is to unite all the Turkic people in Asia. While sounding lofty, the goal is to unite them under a Turkish ultra-nationalist auspice. This includes uniting Turkish people in the Russian Federation, China, Iran, and Afghanistan. For Gulen, this would bring prestige, honor, and a formidable army under his group’s control.
In today’s color revolution world, carrying this out isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds. Stratfor’s George Friedman thinks these are realistic goals. “In the Islamic world, Turkey would be at the top, as it has done for the last 500 years.” The Next 100 Years– Friedman
In 1997 Gulen stated “Turkey […] today encompasses 60 million. Together with the Turks in Central Asia it is 120-130 million. If it manages to break down the Chinese wall and to unite with the Turks there, it will be 300 million.“
“French-Turkish scholar Bayram Balci has written that the Gulen movement serves to accomplish 3 intellectual goals: The Turkification of Islam, the Islamization of the Turkish nationalist ideology, and the Islamization of modernity…He’s not talking about a califateor a sharia state. He wants a new world Islamic order.” – The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy By Erick Stakelbeck
“…the US government has been trying to use the same Islamist policy that Adolf Hitler pursued. If a unified state can be developed it can be used as a proxy to attack Russia and China. If jihadis and the proper political structure can be married in an Islamic state, it can also be controlled through emigre populations and direct support. How many soldiers will this force multiplier add?
The other side to it is within an Islamic State, political education and indoctrination can be carried out the same way as in Ukraine using the universities and children groups. This can be spilled across the borders into the Russia Federation and Muslim Chinese provinces…
…The Arab spring was a failed attempt to marry jihadis to the supported political end which is the Muslim Brotherhood. The disaster called Libya armed and trained what would later become IGIL in Syria. The mistake Clinton made was thinking that Al Qaeda Libya wanted anything more than weapons.”–Emigre Super Bloc – Clinton’s Jihadis | Will the Super Delegates Vote YES to More Terrorism? GH Eliason
Understood this way, the US military bases that are starting to form a ring around Russia are as meaningless as the troops stationed between the Koreas. The only value is the canary in the coal mine or early warning. They have little attack value against modern militaries sitting on their own borders. The bases serve as a deterrent to Russian influence inside those countries until the country itself is brought under the Promethean auspice of ultra-nationalism.
Once the country has a nationalist government set up, it’s under the dual loyalty system described above. Instead of 50 military targets with a limited amount of personnel, it would be 50 countries with all their resources. In peacetime, the Prometheans pour their ideologies over the border to create new color revolutions and insurgency. That’s why Pan-Turkism is important to Gulen.
“You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here—[just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here. -Secret Fethullah Gülen Sermon1990 broadcast on Turkish television
As you’ll see from the following Erdogan helped build this monstrosity in Turkey by taking off the separation of religion and government safeguards that were in place. This will also show why Erdogan is arresting so many people across the Turkish power structure.
“Over the first five years of his rule, Erdoğan replaced thousands of judges and prosecutors with AKP appointees. Now that the president is Islamist, it is unlikely that he would veto the appointment of Islamists to the bench, as did his predecessor Ahmet Necdet Sezer… The AKP government has also aided the Gülen movement with its reorientation of the judiciary…
…Adil Serdar Saçan, former director of the organized crimes unit within the Istanbul Directorate of Security, confirmed these statements in reports he prepared on the Fethullahist organization within the security apparatus. In a 2006 interview, he said, Fethullahists began organizing inside the security apparatus in the 1970s. In police academies, students were being taken to ışıkevi by class commissioners. One of those commissioners is now the director of intelligence at the Turkish Directorate of Security. During my time at the [police] academy, those in the directorate who did not have ties to the [Gülen] organization were all pensioned off or fired in 2002 when the AKP came to power. …They promoted only those officers whose files were tainted with allegations that they were engaged in reactionary Islamist activities. … Belonging to a certain cemaat(Gulen community) has become a prerequisite for advancement in the force. At present, over 80 percent of the officers at supervisory level in the general security organization are members of the [Gülen] cemaat…The Fethullahist military officers were once our students, who we financially supported, educated, and assisted. When these grateful children graduated and reached influential positions, they put themselves and their positions at the service of Fethullah Gülen … [Gülen] directs and instructs, and, through them, maintains power within the state … When Gülen’s students graduate from the police or military academies—as do the new doctors and lawyers—they present their first salaries to Fethullah Gülen as a gesture of their gratitude” –Fethullah Gülen’s Grand Ambition Turkey’s Islamist Danger by Rachel Sharon-Krespin Middle East Quarterly Winter 2009, pp. 55-66
When asked about the current coup, Gulen denies involvement and goes so far as to say that involvement would be an act of treason. Is this credible?
In May 1971, Gulen was arrested in an attempted coup aimed at turning Turkey into an Islamist state. A warrant was issued against him in the 1980 coup attempt. His friend Prime Minister Ozal later had the warrant canceled. –CAPITAL AND CAPITALISTS IN TURKEY Gülen sect: Reached for the state,got capital instead Ayse Cavar
On American Soil
“Bayram Balcı explained, “The aim of the cemaat(community) is to educate and influence future national elites, who will speak English and Turkish and who will one day prove their good intentions towards Fethullahists and towards Turkey.” Several countries in the region have taken steps against Gülen’s educational institutions because of such suspicions.”-Fethullah Gülen’s Grand Ambition Turkey’s Islamist Danger by Rachel Sharon-Krespin Middle East Quarterly Winter 2009, pp. 55-66
Turkic-Americans today make up a tiny voting bloc with a population of only 350,000. Gulen’s presence has made up for this by creating thousands of Turkic-American culture groups and Turkic-American diaspora umbrella groups have a combined group portfolio worth around $35 billion. Gulen has a net worth reported to around $3 billion. In just Texas, there are over 1200 business support him and his work.
“The organization lacks any official hierarchy or structure, but followers have built up a network of think tanks, schools, and publications in locations around the world—including in Texas. The TUSKON business confederation, which has 120,000 businesses under its umbrella, has strong ties to the Gülen movement and provides financial support…“It is clear they want influence and power,” a senior U.S. official told the New York Times in 2012. “We are concerned there is a hidden agenda to challenge secular Turkey and guide the country in a more Islamic direction.” Time Justin Worland July 15, 2016
One of his groups, the Turkic-American Alliance claims to be the umbrella that represents all Turkic emigre concerns to US government. This umbrella is associated with other Gulen groups that make close to the same claim and others that represent Turkish emigres regionally.
The obvious danger to this diplomatically is that the US has strong relations with the country Gulen’s group is seeking to overthrow. Gulen has made numerous and major inroads through lobbying, campaign support, and Congressional junkets to Turkey. For the House and the Senate, Turkey is now only behind Israel as the #1 tourist stop for Congress.
“He then started a confusing net of subsidiary groups by secretly funding more than 200 trips to Turkey for members of the United States Congress which went as far back as 2008.
An extensive investigation by the USA Today newspaper has found that these trips have been“repeatedly violating House rules and possibly federal law.”
The report lists numerous members of Congress— most Republicans and many coming from southern states, taking advantage of the free trips to Turkey. The influential Washington DC-based news outlet Roll Call also revealed “hidden cash” that funded numerous Congressional delegations to Turkey, noting that the dozens of privately-sponsored trips to Turkey during the 113th Congress put the nation second only to Israel as the biggest foreign destination for U.S. elected officials.” Major Islamic Organization Bribes Members Of U.S. Congress In Order To Get American Congressmen To Revive Islamic Empire Walid Shoebat
Has it paid off? The following link opens to a letter from 6 US Senators to John Kerry. Gulen’s people lobbied the Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee to chastise Erdogan and called him an Islamist compared to Gulen’s apparent moderation. They go further by saying the State Department needs to get behind Gulen’s efforts and that he had the support of the world community.
THIS is very close to the language that would be used speaking about a government in exile.
When you look through their website they say they work with the other emigre groups in the US. They celebrate holidays with embassies of other countries in a way that adds to their clout in the US. The Turkic-American Alliance has Congressional dinners.
When you consider that this group has been banned for their anti-democratic activities in many countries they sought to operate in, admittedly use subterfuge to make inroads to power-structures, and have been an enemy of state in their own country for a while now for ultra-nationalist Islamic activity!!???
Another Gulen group claiming representative authority over Turkic-Americans is the Turkish American Council. This group is so heavily invested in Congressional elections that it has developed its own caucus.
Gulen has been following the same method of operations in the US as he has done elsewhere. Because he can’t teach radical Islamic nationalism, he instead focuses on creating relationships with up and coming “elites” that will favor his movement.
“Fethullah Gulen is being described as a moderate and an educator setting up schools around the world. “The Gülen-inspired schools in the Balkans have been instrumental in reifying a Turkish nationalist Islam, while in the United States they follow an entirely secular and notably science and math-heavy curriculum.” —Fethullah Gülen Harvard Divinity School Religious Literacy Project
Why would Turkic-Americans follow him?
For many, they didn’t know. For some, they are sold on his nationalism. It’s easy to be a long distance nationalist and a lot easier to be a rabid one. The one thing that is clear is that the latter resent democracy and never have an issue sending US troops into harms way or putting unwary Americans in harms way.
On the other hand, long-distance processes tend to involve political actors who are acting from a safe distance and who, therefore, do not put their safety at risk, while being eager to promote risky strategies in their homeland. In short, expatriates tend often to be more radical than ‘natives’ when they engage in…[t]he participant rarely pays taxes in the country in which he does his politics; he is not answerable to its judicial system; he probably does not cast even an absentee ballot in its elections because he is a citizen in a different place; he need not fear prison, torture or death, nor need his immediate family. But, well and safely positioned in the First World, he can send money and guns, circulate propaganda, and build intercontinental computer information circuits, all of which can have incalculable consequences in the zones of their ultimate destinations…
…There is an extensive international relations literature on the role of diasporas as active actors in the shaping of US foreign policy (Ambrosio 2002; Shain 2007; Shain and Aryasinha 2006). Within business studies and related disciplines, there is also a separate literature on the powerful role of lobbies in the USA, particularly those associated with the corporate and multinational industry*and how this represents a grave threat to democracy (Butts 2003; Luger 2000). Ethnic lobbies are thus players in a complex multi-level game.‘homeland politics’ (Connor 1986; Kaiser 2004).- Irresponsible Radicalisation: Diasporas,Globalisation and Long-Distance Nationalism in the Digital Age Daniele Conversi
Fethullah Gulen, Ultra-nationalist Credentials, and Ties to the OUNb
Gulen and his organization continually claim to be peaceful. In fact, it’s how they get around in western countries. But are they? Gulen has strong ties to the Turkish Grey Wolves. This Pan-Turkic ultra-nationalist group is responsible for the murder of thousands inside Turkey. They fought in Chechnya, the Balkans, and Afghanistan. The founder of the Grey Wolves, Alparslan Turkes wanted to take Turkey into WWII on the side of Nazi Germany.
Who would a man like Alparslan Turkes look up to? This is a letter from Turkes to Gulen.
Lord Grace,Zadar-i to scholars, our nation and ensures that you have reached a very useful service life.knowledge that you have raised, your suggestion has initiated a broad educational campaign which need wisdom and virtue of our nation with expert staff and you have to ensure the continued success. Society of spiritual awakening, which is a fundamental requirement for development in all areas and you have pioneered the rise.
Peace, tolerance and brotherhood based on a return to self, but you have the space age began to rise. From Canada to Yakutia, schools and universities opened up everywhere from Mongolia to the United States of our national culture and national shows that our moral values tend to all of humanity. You virtuous life, your character showing no material benefit to you against greed has aroused great confidence in our people. Your efforts targeting the sake of Allah alone is re-conquering the old world we have lost our nature since several centuries.
To clean the shaded asked to name your worship speaks pretext of Susurluk affair was so sad. But as you know, our nation, and the world knows you. It is not possible to do something malicious.
Thank you very much for your gentle thank you letter. It is our duty to tell the truth. The mentioned statement, the right is merely to explain a small extent in public.
Right from the Almighty to grant you good health and long life and so I entreat you have started the completion of developments.
Ordinary hey, I offer love and respect.
Fethullah Gulen, the OUNb, and the US Presidential Elections
In 1991, Gulen donated 3.5 billion Turkish Lira to Alparslan Turkes ultra-nationalist group the Grey Wolves and financed their violence. This is only one instance of support. Black sheep in a far-right zoo? Fethullah Gülen’s strategy of ‘non-violence’ by Laura Lotte Laloire
In 1963 Gulen started the Anti-Communist League of Turkey or (TKMD) and became part of Yaroslav Stetsko’s World Anti-Communist League(WACL). WACL’s two-pronged mission was to set up nationalist states and destroy the Soviet Union (Russia) and China. Every group subordinated themselves and coordinated with Stetsko and Marv Liebman, an American Nazi who worked closely with Stetsko, Bandera, and the forming Neo-cons in Washington. In 1984 Alparslan Turkes lieutenant Ruzy Nazar represented Turkey at the WACL conference in Dallas, TX. –CAPITAL AND CAPITALISTS IN TURKEY Gülen sect: Reached for the state,got capital instead Ayse Cavar
Currently, Gulen is still working with the ultra-nationalist OUNb through its UCCA groups and on think tanks. Is this the sweet peaceful imam you were told about?
Who is it that Gulen’s very wealthy groups support in this 2016 presidential election?
In the 1990’s Gulen befriended the Clintons. This seems to have paid off for both of them.
“Last year The Daily Caller reported that numerous Gulen followers have donated to Clinton’s various political campaigns and to her family charity. One Gulen movement leader, Recep Ozkan, donated between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.
As senator from New York, Clinton gave a keynote address at the Turkish Cultural Center’s annual banquet.”- Turkey Failed Coup: Ties Emerge Between Hilary Clinton And Mysterious Islamic Cleric Fethullah Gulen Chuck Ross Global Research
Are we comfortable with presidential candidates taking large sums of money from ultra-nationalists that support terrorism? Can we allow emigres to violate our laws and steal our elections?
It’s time to decide.