WORLD´S MOST POWERFUL IMAM TO RISE? Middle East invites Islamist billionaire to return from exile (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) 06/18/12)
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In a stunning move, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has
called for Fethullah Gülen, the reclusive imam of arguably the most
powerful Islamist movement in the world, to return home to Turkey
from his self-imposed exile in rural Pennsylvania.
Erdoğan’s appeal to Gülen came after he received an award during the
closing ceremony of the Turkish Olympics.
“We want this yearning to come to an end,” the prime minister
said. “We want to see those who are abroad and longing for the
homeland to be among us. … Absence from home is loneliness. We have
no tolerance for loneliness. We are saying that this absence from
home [of Gülen] should end. To be honest, I understand that this is
also what you all expect. So, let’s say the absence should be ended.
As the child of an ancient civilization, I am extending my thanks to
the ones who call on us and the entire world tonight in Turkish, the
language of a rich culture. This is what I am saying, let’s put
absence from home and longing for the homeland to one side.”
Although Erdoğan did not use Gülen’s name, his comments were widely
understood by the Turkish audience and media to refer to Fethullah
Gülen. This invitation represents the first time that Erdoğan has
ever publicly reached out to the man that many consider to be
Erdoğan’s spiritual mentor and the most dangerous Islamist in the
But according to the Turkish media, Erdoğan’s comments “received a
lengthy standing ovation from the huge crowd that had jam-packed the
over 50,000-seat Türk Telekom Arena.”
Others prominent Turkish leader’s joined in Erdoğan’s calls.
Bülent Arınç, a deputy prime minister, said, “I am one of the many
people in Turkey who know that Gülen misses his country. I hope it is
finally time for him to return. … At least Gülen may visit Turkey
from some time to time. We want him to return to his country after
over 10 years and reunite with people who love him. I hope our prime
minister’s wish [for Gülen to return to Turkey] will come true soon.
We will be happy to see Gülen in Turkey.”
Gülen’s response was almost immediate. With tear-filled eyes, Gülen
praised both the rise of Islamism and the vibrant economy of Turkey,
while indicating that for now, he may prefer to stay in the U.S.
“If [my return] halts positive developments in Turkey, [I prefer]
staying here, if my lifespan allows, and I will not return not to
damage my country, my nation and those [positive] things in my
country,” Gülen said.
Gülen also added that he wishes to be buried in Turkey near his
mother, a sign that he may not plan on staying in the U.S.
Fethullah Gülen is the highly controversial leader of a global
Islamist movement, which oversees a vast network of over 1,000
schools in over 140 countries, with nearly 150 in the United States
alone. While the schools’ official claims are that their goals are to
merely help youth in poorer countries, a mountain of evidence has
accrued over the years suggesting that their underlying secret agenda
is the spread of Gülen’s unique brand of Turkish Islamism.
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According to analysts, unlike the Islamism of al-Qaeda, the Turkish
Islamism of Gülen, as well as his Islamist predecessor, Said Al-
Nursi, uses a veneer of moderation along with the Western concepts of
democracy, interfaith dialogue and tolerance as a cover while it
works to achieve its goals of Turkish Islamic dominance and a return
to the glories of the Ottoman Empire.
After fleeing to the United States in March of 1999, Gülen was put on
trial and prosecuted in absentia for attempting to overthrow the
Turkish government and Constitution. Turkish television broadcast
footage of Gülen telling his followers to spread his Islamist ideas
secretly in order to conquer the Turkish secular state from within.
The footage was eminently damning.
Yet in 2008, after receiving 29 letters of support from prominent
American political and educational figures, including Graham E.
Fuller, the former Station Chief for the CIA in Afghanistan, former
Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman and former Ambassador to Turkey
Morton Abramowitz, Gülen won on appeal and was acquitted of all
charges by the ruling Islamist AK party of Prime Minister Erdoğan.
Since that time, Gülen has remained in Pennsylvania, accruing
numerous awards and endless accolades from American and other Western
educational and religious entities.
Imam Gülen and his movement are also reported to be wildly wealthy.
According to the testimony of Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator,
the Gülen movement receives much of its funding directly from the
CIA. According to Edmonds, for years, the U.S. has allowed the free-
flow of money from the Afghanistan opium and heroin trade to reach
the Gülenists. According to some accounts, Gülen is worth more than
According to investigative journalist Paul Williams, “This scenario
serves to explain why U.S.-led coalition troops in Afghanistan are
forbidden to firebomb the fields or fumigate the poppies with a
chemical herbicide, such as glyphosate.”
Gülen and his movement also own the Today’s Zaman, one of Turkey’s
largest newspapers, as well as numerous television networks, banks,
universities, construction and manufacturing companies throughout the
The Gülen movement has allegedly even used its vast fortunes and
influence to virtually create the ruling Islamist AK Party and
protect its continued successes in Turkey.
But despite the fact that Gülen has been filmed encouraging the
spread of Islamism through deception, numerous American politicians,
educators and universities vehemently defend him as a paragon of
virtue, a modernist scholar dedicated only to peace, charity and
According to Mustafa Yesil, a leading figure within the Gulen
movement and chairman of the Journalists and Writers Foundation in
Istanbul, the movement is “faith-based, pacifist, pluralist, colorful
Gülen was most recently honored with the EastWest Institute’s 2011
EWI Peace Building Award for his contribution to world peace. Such
superlative awards and accolades are not uncommon for Gülen.
Critics of Gülen and his movement however, including Ahmet Sik, the
Turkish author of the book “The Imam’s Army” (“Imamin Ordusu”), claim
that the group has thoroughly infiltrated every arena of Turkish
government, including the police force. Sik’s book was banned by
Turkish prosecutors, and Sik was arrested and charged with
involvement in a secret coup plot. After 13 months in jail, Sik was
only recently released, with a trial still pending.
Sik’s case is far from unique. According to the Committee to Protect
Journalists in New York, despite its claims to represent an open,
free and democratic nation, Turkey now leads the world in the number
of journalists in prison. While China has 27 journalists in prison,
Iran has 42 and Turkey presently has 94.
For years, many secular Turks have claimed the Gülen movement has so
infiltrated Turkish government that it effectively now represents a
type of Islamist shadow government, whose spidery fingers reach into
every arena of Turkish government. The present imprisonment of so
many journalists opposed to the Gülen movement is but one example of
the movement’s power.
There is also a mountain of evidence that the ruling Turkish
government shares the Turkish nationalism and expansionist goals of
Imam Gülen. Only a few weeks ago, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoğlu made the following grandiose statement:
We will manage the wave of change in the Middle East. Just as the
ideal we have in our minds about Turkey, we have an ideal of a new
Middle East. We will be the leader and the spokesperson of a new
peaceful order, no matter what they say.
But despite the clear and present danger represented by Turkey’s
ruling Islamist party, the Obama administration has openly pursued a
partnership with Prime Minister Erdoğan.
At a fund raising event for the Obama reelection campaign, Vice
President Joe Biden recently addressed a group of roughly 200
influential members of the Turkish-American community.
In speaking of the Obama administration’s view of Turkey’s
reassertion of power in the region, Biden said, “We’re looking for
Turkish leadership in the rest of that entire region.”
Biden continued to speak of what a wonderful “model” Turkey is for
other Islamic nations: “It’s a model as to how you can have an
Islamic population, an Islamic state and a democracy, something the
rest of the region is groping to figure out how to do.”
And speaking of American cooperation with Turkey in the region, Biden
said, “There’s nothing we do that we don’t coordinate.” (© 2012
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