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Sunday, January 9, 2011
Gulen Schools Worldwide-Kurdish Perspective on the Gulen Movement and Schools
Why does America support Gülen’s missionaries in Central Asia and around the globe and even in the US? After the collapse of the Soviet Union the balance of power in the world changed, and more than 15 countries got their independence from the Soviet Union. There was a gap in power in the region seeking to be filled; additionally, most of these newly independent countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan were rich with the underground resources of oil, gas, gold, and other materials. However, a void for religion developed as well, so there was a competition among an Iranian brand of Islam, a Saudi Arabian version of Islam, and Gülen’s missionaries to fill the void. The US government gave its support to Gülen, because it mistakenly believed that Gülen‘s missionaries were less harmful compared to the Iranian Islamic movement Hezbollah, Saudi‘s brand of Islam Wahhbism, or other fundamentalist groups. The US thought that Gülen’s movement could be managed in the right way by using it to suit America’s purposes. Because many naively believe that Gülen’s preaches nonviolence and dialogue between the western and Muslim worlds, they let their guard down and fail to see behind his proclaimed agenda. They fail to understand that he is incrementally moving toward a return of the Islamic state such as the Ottoman Empire undertook. That is why when Gülen applied for a green card, he could not get it. Then some ex-CIA officers gave him reference letters for his application to demonstrate that he was a safe immigrant. Prior to this attempt, when Gülen could not get a green card the first time, he was looking for a place to go; if the US did not grant him a visa, he would have gone to China to continue his undercover operation. Gülen’s missionaries are trying to build the same platform as he used in Central Asia in the US by opening many NGOS, charter schools, Turkish cultural houses, and interfaith dialogue forums.
Gülen’s missionaries are working hard to elect a Turk to the American Congress. This is their goal and objective. In 2007, the movement received over ten million dollars from Microsoft Mongol Bill Gates for the Texas High School Project assisting the Cosmos Foundation with its 25 publically funded charter schools in Texas alone. In the last five years, the US arm of the movement has set up the ATAA (Assembly of Turkish American Association), TCA (Turkish Coalition of America), and TC-USAPAC (Turkish Coalition USA Political Action Committee), and have formed charters schools, cultural centers, and NGO’s. America is a great country; anyone who qualifies can get elected, but my question is, “How many foreigners who somehow get Turkish citizenship can be elected to the Turkish Meclis (The Grand National Assembly of Turkey)? Even setting aside prejudices, a rational person should not like the one- sided asking for rights and privileges in the US which in Turkey are not granted to foreigners. There they even close parties such as the Kurdish party, and many Kurdish leaders are on trial and being subject to severe intimidation. There must be a mutual exchange, and it is time that the Us leaders should be frank with Turkey because there is no trace of reciprocity.
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