SECULARISTS OUTFOXED IN TURKEY’S QUIET REVOLUTION
Turkey is in the middle of a political crisis that has pitted the Islamic-rooted civilian government against the military, following reports of an alleged move by military leaders to overthrow the government.
by Ameen Izzadeen
Note for WoP Readers: Turkey’s current experiment i.e. a blend of modern secularist Turkey with Islam (not in religious sense but purely a politico-administrative one) is what best suits the Islamic world.
Unfortunately Islam in the beginning was given the shape of a ‘fundamental’ Islam by the Mullahs who to a major extent even use it today as an ideological weapon, for it brings ordinary Muslims to their fold. Later it were the British who with their governmental hold, intensified the religious sentiments of the mainstream to retain their grip over people who were in every regard different from them (color, creed, region, language, culture, and above everything the soil itself), so they had to strengthen divisions between different regions, different religions, different castes, and clans and that’s exactly what they did.
On demise of the Empire, Americans took over and did further havoc to our strongly religious roots (which had however, always been humane, and liberal). A major factor that has always been rife in the soil of Pakistan to accept and absorb so many faiths, so many religions, so many cultures before it came finally to the fold of Islam.
In our recent history too, we did never experience a single case of Sunni Shia murders or Islamic Madrassas creating students who would take bombs and explode these devices destroying innocent men and property, even turning their own bodies to smithereens. All this is a product of US specialists of the N.W.O., a legacy of which we are now experiencing in today’s Pakistan.
The following post by Ameen Izzadeen is an excellent sum up of what is happening in present day Turkey, but am only afraid that it may not turn up one day Turkey indeed becoming an Islamic state, yet her Islam not originating from its own roots and instead emanates from the womb of Am-Brits neo-imperialism. Should this be the case, I only visualize once they would disengage themselves from Turkish Islam, the phenomena of destabilizing the oil rich Muslim world (as it did in Iraq, in Afghanistan and is now doing in Pakistan) complete its full circle. The supra-religionists of Turkey may then start repenting one day as did our brothers in the Jamat-e-Islami of Pakistan who too aligned themselves once with the US mission of dismembering the Soviets (and who now themselves feel how mercilessly they were / have been misused against the Soviet infidels in the name of Islam).
Another aspect which irks my mind is Mr. Fethullah Gülen,the Turkic multibillionaire who is spearheading the Gülen movement. If one would believe what Sibel Edmonds says in her interviews, he is a CIA man and this has been disclosed during court proceedings in which Gülen’s application for a Green Card has been rejected on basis of the evidence produced in the court. [Nayyar]
Ameen Izzadeen who was in Turkey last month meeting journalists, civil society leaders and political activists, reports on Turkey’s changing socio-political scenario.
Is Turkey facing a military coup? No way, says a journalist whom I met in Istanbul, Turkey’s most populous city which reminds visitors and citizens of the country’s glorious Islamic past.
During my conversation with journalists, academics, political activists and businessmen, I was shocked to hear them criticise Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. A few years ago, none dared criticize him in public or in conversation with outsiders.
Things are changing in Turkey. History is being rewritten. Even the last Ottoman sultans whom the Kemalists — supporters of Mustafa Kemal and Turkey’s secular system — blamed for all the ills of Turkey in the early 20th century are being hailed as “good and honest leaders”. Media freedom has undergone a qualitative and quantitative change for the better. They are daring to speak now.”The army won’t be able to topple the government,” the journalist said. “If it does, it knows there will be public uprising and street protests,” he said.
“Can I quote you,” I asked him. “No problem, go ahead,” he said.
But I told him that I would not mention his name, because I did not want any harm befall him.
A highly respected leader of the Fethullah Gülen movement, which emphasizes Islam’s universal love and tries to make Islam compatible with the country’s secular order, told me that a “quiet revolution is taking place” in Turkey, hundreds years ago a superpower reverently addressed as the Great Ottoman Empire.
[Below right, Fethullah Gülen, a name shrouded in the mist of espionage (labelled a CIA man), Wealth (he is a multibillionaire), Fame (highly respected and acclaimed as a leader of Islamic renaissance in Turkey), Sufism (reported to be a follower of Bediuzzaman Said Norsi & Maulana Rumi)].
The revolution is: A government elected by the people is daring to look into the eyes of the “deep state”, which, in Turkish political terminology, means a state within a state, while more and more people are discovering their Islamic roots, which the secular elite have been trying to erase for the past 86 years.
Turkey, where democracy had been often disturbed by regular military coups since the Republic was set up in 1923, is moving towards more democracy, with the government sending a message to the military that its role as a state within the state is ending.
Very little is known about Ataturk’s family background or what his faith was. Was he a Muslim or a Donmeh, a word used for a member of a secretive Turkish society? Donmehs are the descendants of the Ottoman era Jews who, along with their leader Sabbatai Zevi, converted to Islam in 1666 and took Muslim names but secretly followed their Jewish rituals. The orthodox Jewry, however, has condemned the Donmehs as heretic because they worshipped Sabbatai Zevi as the messiah and an incarnation of God.
[Left, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,founder of modern Turkey. Was he a Donmeh? [Donmehs are Turkish Jews who accepted Islam during Ottomans’ rule, but secretly practiced Jewism. Though they have Muslim names, they worship Sabbatai Zewi, their leader whom they consider an incarnation of God. Orthodox Jewry declared them heretic].
“It is very difficult to identify a Donmeh in today’s Turkey because they have well assimilated into Turkish society and there is no difference between a Donmeh and a highly westernized Turkish Muslim,” a journalist from Turkey’s Cihan News Agency said. But he declined to answer my question whether Ataturk was a Donmeh.
A Google search, however, produced a number of web articles on Ataturk’s alleged Jewish links.
Ataturk was an officer in the Ottoman Army. Hailing from Salonika, the birthplace of Donmehs, he was one of the commanders who defeated the British and the French forces during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. Later, he joined the Young Turk rebellion and played a key role in the military coup that overthrew Sultan Abdul Hameed II at a time when Western powers such as Britain and Zionists had deeply penetrated into the corridors of power in Istanbul. The Zionists were particularly angry with the Sultan, for he refused to meet the father of the Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, when he visited Istanbul in 1901. The Zionists also tried to pay him money and buy Jerusalem, which was then under Ottoman rule.
The Sultan told one of his officials, “Advise Dr. Herzl not to take any further steps in his (Zionist) project. I cannot give away even a handful of the soil of this land (Palestine) for it is not my own, it belongs to the entire Islamic nation. The Islamic nation fought jihad for the sake of this land and had watered it with their blood.
The Jews may keep their money and millions. If the Islamic Khilafah (state) is one day destroyed then they will be able to take Palestine without a price! But while I am alive, I would rather push a sword into my body than see the land of Palestine cut and given away from the Islamic State. This is something that will not be. I will not start cutting our bodies while we are alive.”
[Left, the young Sultan Abdul Hameed II: Portrayed as a vicious tyrant, Turks are rediscovering their history. ManyTurks now believe the Sultan was an honest & pious leader who became the victim of British & Zionist sinister schemes].
This part of history has failed to find its way into Turkey’s curriculum. Instead, officially recognized history books are full of blame for Sultan Abdul Hameed. They have painted him as a vicious tyrant. But senior journalists and academics whom I met during my week-long visit to Turkey say things are changing and people are beginning to see Sultan Abdul Hameed as an honest and pious leader and as a victim of the British and Zionist sinister schemes.
Ataturk later abolished the Caliphate (Sultanate) and with the help of the rival parliament in Ankara, he became the founder President of the Turkish Republic in 1923. He changed the country’s Islamic character and confined Islam to mosques. Thousands of Islamic scholars were either banished or killed. The Arabic script was replaced with the Latin alphabet — a move that made 99 percent of the Turkish population illiterate overnight. The move, however, helped the westernized elite to dominate politics and covet top positions in public administration and the military. Eighty six years after the setting up of the republic, the elite who still continue to live with their erroneous belief that Turkey belongs to them feel threatened. The signs are ominous.
During my stay in Turkey last week together with veteran Sri Lankan journalist Latheef Farook on an invitation from the Cihan News Agency, a major political upheaval was taking place after a newspaper exposed a secret military document that gave details of a plot to overthrow the civilian government led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discredit the popular Fethullah Gülen movement, which is regarded as the power behind Turkey’s current Islamic renaissance.
The exposé came against the backdrop of the arrest of several ex-military and civil servants last year for their alleged role in a plan to topple the democratically-elected government of Erdogan, who is the leader of the AK Party (Justice and Development Party). Erdoagan’s Islamic credentials are an anathema to the deep state, which feels it is fast losing its place in Turkish politics.
Erdogan, who, as a teenage boy, sold lemonade and sesame bread on Turkish streets before he graduated from Istanbul’s Marmara University, was a hard line Islamist. In the past, the military has toppled several Islamic-leaning governments. Former prime minister Adnan Menderes was tried in a military court and hanged. Another popular Islamic-leaning president, Turgut Ozal, died mysteriously. The official version was he died of a heart attack. But others say he was poisoned.
A controversial poem by Erdogan ruffled many feathers a few years ago and continues to hang over his administration like Damocles’ sword. Here are the first lines of that poem.
“The mosques are our barracks
The domes our helmets
The minarets our bayonets and
The faithful our soldiers…”
Of late, largely due to the influence of the Gülen movement, Erdogan has distanced himself from his hardline Islamic views and is taking Turkey towards more democracy in an effort to gain full membership of the European Union. His moves towards more democracy have apparently irked the secular elite, for whom more democracy means more Islam. The secularists accuse him of having a secret agenda to turn Turkey into a religious state. But Erdogan is emerging strong. He is presiding over a government that has made Turkey one of the fastest growing economies of the world.
Last month, his government dared to arrest Colonel Dursun Cicek, who allegedly signed the military document that called for the toppling of Erdogan’s government. Later, a court in Istanbul ordered his release, pending further investigations. In another move, parliament passed legislation to curb the powers of the military court in civil matters. The government said that such a measure was necessary to meet EU membership requirements.
These moves have added to the tension between Erdogan’s government and the military, the self-assumed guardian of the secularist system.
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