There is an old saying in Turkish: "Throw mud against someone; It will leave a stain even if it does not stick”. There is not a week or a month that some circles produce new slander and lies about Fethullah Gulen or the Gulen movement. Conservative Examiner magazine’s December article by Christopher Collins about a charter school application in Loudon County, VA referencing to a report published by the extremist Frank Gaffney is the latest example of the strategic smear campaign against moderate and decent people who are only promoting peace and dialogue. Gaffney and company only produces deception based on lies and imaginations designed to evoke fear in the public mind to target a peaceful intellectual and a diverse group of people inspired by him one way or another. In this article I would like to point out to the carefully chosen words by Mr Collins to portray the Gulen movement and Mr Gulen himself.
Every day is a new world in our lives and it will look black or white depending on what type of glasses we put on. Our perception influences our interpretation and understanding of what’s happening around us. This is some times unfortunate because no matter what you do it is impossible to change the views of some people however you resort to reason and conscience. Shadow of a doubt or a piece of a fear stemming from their understanding of the world clouds all reason and rationality pushing them to the edge of a fear full of dark precipice.
There is not a day that we don’t see a news article or a column about Hizmet (Service) Movement inspired by Fethullah Gulen. Some of these appear with sensational headlines like “Hidden Agenda” or “Grand Ambition” of Gulen Movement and get refuted by many officials and scholars. There are so many different claims and opinions about Hizmet movement that the actual agenda of the movement is really lost in that noise. This short note is to point out the obvious fact that the actual agenda of the movement is hidden in its very name “Hizmet (Service)”.
To be or not to be... ..that would appear to be the question - to paraphrase Shakespeare. But what is it that it is to be? Here I am referring to the concept of what it takes or means to be a Gulen inspired organization. Can anyone profess to start a Gulen inspired organization? Can anyone label anything, any person or any organization - public, private or otherwise - as Gulen inspired? The short answer is no. Of course not! The ethos of and duty of individuals that have been inspired Fethullah Gulen’s ideas really needs to be evaluated.
Even though he claims himself as a PhD, anyone can easily understand when he/she reads his pieces that it is literally impossible for him to be a PhD. The quality of his writing, the choice of his wording, and the way he argues something cannot belong to academics that support his/her arguments with proofs or reasonable examples. In addition even though you spend hours on the web, you can’t find even a single academic paper of him. He only writes lies about Fethullah Gulen and Gulen Movement. I am sure he milks the money because of the crappy papers that he wrote but this is not the topic of today’s article.
It has been easily observed that in the last couple of months, the number of articles, which have been published on Gulen Movement, in the pro-PKK, pro-KCK media has significantly increased. The authors in these media organizations, who have been complaining from the deep state brutality for years, are in parallel line with the deep state when the issue comes to the Gulen Movement. In fact, they argue that the KCK arrestments are done in order to weaken organizations and structures (NGOs, BDP etc), which are rivals to the Gulen movement in southeast Anatolia. This is the silliest argument I have ever heard in the last couple of years.
The World Wide Web is a fascinating place; there is an awe inspiring amount of information and disinformation. There are things that seem pretty out of place; there are lies and baseless allegations as well as good information. How does one differentiate fallacies from correct information? Finding truth on the web is dependent upon one’s ability to spot disinformation and dig deeper in order to reach to the bottom of things.
I recently came across a webpage called Kurdish Aspect at http://www.kurdishaspect.com. As the name implies, this website is about Kurdish news and Kurdish views (this is actually their subtitle). There is a ton of news and articles about the Kurdish issues around the world, particularly in Turkey. The site has many contributors, but one of those, a fella named Dr. Aland Mizell, seems more worried about the American Education System then the Kurdish issue itself. Puzzled? I am too.
I know you are pretty angry with me, and yes, I exactly remember the reason to it. But, come on, it's been 28 years. You, an old lady at her 89, should have forgotten this a long time ago. You even do not remember my name, but at the same time have never left that cursed memory of my teenage hood behind. Besides, you've never admitted but it was also your fault. Who asked you o cook 'falafel' at home? Any teenager whose grandma cooks falafel would naturally call 911, right?! I was scared that you were preparing something to blow somewhere up. The 'thing' you were cooking sounded too much eastern and was just threatening. Wasn't it normal for a kid like me to get afraid?