Why did USA Ambassador Aid Islamic Hard-liner Imam Escape Prosecution for Extremism?
During the Turkish delegation’s official visit to U.S.A. on May 14, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc made a visit to the Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen who lives in Pennsylvania since the late 1990s.
Currently, there are 32 Turkish-American associations in U.S.A. which are established as secular and not religiously affiliated. According to a statement given by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) Communications Director Hakan Dakın, no one from the delegation made a visit to any of these associations during their last visit to the U.S.A.
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News reports that Arınc, although he said he did not consider Gulen a political figure, asked for his advice on Turkey’s foreign policy.
So who is this influential imam whom Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister asks for advice and how did he end up living in U.S.A?
When living in Turkey, Gulen was a staunch enemy of secularism. He pushed for an authoritarian Islamic state. In fact, a Wikileaks wire reveals how Istanbul Chief Rabbi Ishak Haleva tried to warn USA of this man’s activities, saying he is a “radical Islamist” whose moderate message cloaks a more sinister and radical agenda.
After Gulen fled Turkey in 1998, upon being charged with seeking to overthrow the secular Turkish government, several video tapes were sent to Turkish TV stations with recordings of Gulen advocating an Islamic Government. In one of the tapes, Gulen explicitly explains to his disciples how to overthrow the secular government: “The existing system is still in power. Our friends who have positions in legislative and administrative bodies should learn its details and be vigilant all the time so that they can transform it and be more fruitful on behalf of Islam in order to carry out a nationwide restoration. However, they should wait until the conditions become more favorable. In other words, they should not come out too early.” Gulen claimed the tapes were doctored.
The preacher has been living in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania since his escape from Turkish justice. Despite not having an education goes beyond the 5th grade, he has several hundred educational organizations such as K–12 schools, universities, and language schools that have been established around the world, mainly Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkans, and including USA.
How did he receive his residency status while he was ‘wanted’ by the –then- Turkish Government? This is still a mystery. Now, this man owns and operates charter schools in USA –through various foundations- despite the fact his Madrasas were outlawed in countries like Russia and Uzbekistan. His schools were under investigation in the Netherlands. Plus, the origin of his immense wealth, over $25 billion which he used to open and operate these schools all over the world, is unclear. In Turkey, Gulen’s vast fortune has been used to create the Justice and Democratic Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma, AKP), which has gained control of the government.
A former CIA station chief in Kabul and the author of “The Future of Political Islam,” Graham Fuller was one of Gulen’s official references in Gulen’s Green Card application, along with another ex-CIA George Fidas and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey Morton Abromovitz, after Gulen defected to USA from Turkey in 1999 (See page 4). It is curious how and why a simple Imam from Turkey had this sort of connections in USA.
Ex-CIA Graham Fuller who served 15 years as an intelligence officer in various countries of the Middle East and Asia, wrote a book about Turkey, titled “The New Turkish Republic: Turkey as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World”, published in 2008. In his book, he fervently promoted the idea of “Moderate Islam”. The problem is, the man he helped to escaped to U.S.A. by providing references, Fethullah Gulen, was anything but a “moderate.”
Morton Abramowitz was also deeply involved with Afghan mujahedin and Kosovo rebels. Currently, he is a Council Member (Senior Fellow) of US Asia Pacific Council.
In 2010, a retired Turkish Intelligence Chief, Osman Nuri Gundes, published his memoir titled “Close Witness to Revolutions and Anarchy” where he claimed Fethullah Gulen’s worldwide Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s, and that in the 90s, the movement “sheltered 130 CIA agents” at its schools in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan alone.
Why would U.S.A. not only give refuge to this Islamist and even provide high level officials to attest for him?
Central Asia’s Islamisation has started with Turkey; Gulen having deep ties with the current Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdoğan was elected in 2003, despite having been banned from holding office for his anti-secular, Islamist views and actions in Turkey. Gulen openly and financially supported Erdogan’s election. Today, Turkey has over 85,000 active mosques, one for every 880 citizens—compared to one hospital for every 54,000 citizens— ( 1389 hospitals) the highest number per capita in the world with 90,000 imams. And Erdogan enjoys his reign over the country since 2003 with the U.S.’s blessings.
Turkey (Asia Manor) is located right in the middle of between Europe, Asia and Middle East. Old Soviet bloc countries in Central Asia have two common grounds with Turkey: ethnicity and religion. Many of them are Turkic and Muslim. Turkey being a NATO member for 61 years and on the side of USA since the Korean War of 1950s, has proven to be a trusted ally to US, willing to do whatever it takes to further American interests.
Central Asia (with its vast natural resources, including a lot of oil) is being turned into Middle East by Islamists with the covert support of the U.S.A. and its allies such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, against the Godless China. Not only because Central Asia is rich in natural resources and oil but also geopolitically is a great buffer zone next to China and Russia…
Especially, since recently, Pentagon made it clear for all of us that the ‘War on Terror’ will continue infinitely, the U.S.A. and its allies can utilize the “Extremist Jihadists” alibi as needed, throughout Central Asia and beyond. As the Guardian’s Greenwald writes ” It is hard to resist the conclusion that this war has no purpose other than its own eternal perpetuation. This war is not a means to any end but rather is the end in itself. Not only is it the end itself, but it is also its own fuel: it is precisely this endless war – justified in the name of stopping the threat of terrorism – that is the single greatest cause of that threat.”