‘If you are against us, you are the other’


Date posted: December 7, 2013

CİHAN ÇELİK

When you gaze long into an abyss,
the abyss also gazes into you.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Turkey has been witnessing a rigorous debate for the last couple of weeks over the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) vow to finish off the test prep schools, which are a source of both money and influence for its old ally, the Hizmet Movement led by the self-exiled leader, Fethullah Gülen. Like many controversies in Turkey, the issue of closing the courses and integrating them into Turkey’s poorly-established and -organized education system was not only about the prep schools, which was only the tip of the iceberg.

Military memos – revealed by the controversial daily Taraf, which is now facing accusations of “spying” and “terror acts” for publishing documents – have shown that the AKP government was also not immune enough to the luring calls of “deep” activities. Acknowledging the existence of the military document alleging the blacklisting of the AKP’s main Hizmet ally, the senior government officials have been claiming the decisions were not implemented. But their desperate efforts to avoid a further rift between the Hizmet and the ruling AKP are fizzling, as the prime minister appeared defiant to take the confrontation with the Hizmet movement to a new level on the eve of the local elections.

Turkey, historically, is not unfamiliar with military-, police- or intel-led campaigns to blacklist and profile its citizens. For many years, those who seemed “suspicious” were victims of these kinds of clandestine campaigns through being blacklisted and profiled, and spying on a “doubtful” next door neighbor or co-worker was encouraged by the state authorities. Many have been labeled for their “treacherous” political alignments as “leftist” or “commie,” or many others for their ethnic heritage or religious beliefs.

The core electorate of the AKP has also been the victim of militarist blacklisting as “fundamentalists,” particularly in the 1990s. This was how the deep state in Turkey survived for many decades by creating new “enemies” within and targeting and eliminating them “for the sake the nation.”

In the last decade when Turkey supposedly inched toward “advanced” democracy, the deep efforts of the state have been declared “cursed and ended” under the AKP rule with harsh drives on the existing elements of the militarist deep state. The coup cases like Ergenekon, Balyoz or others were initially parts of this drive; nevertheless, they later turned into a witch hunt.

Amid the heightened tension between the Hizmet and the AKP, the revelation of military memos targeting the former has surfaced the known truth that the new rulers of the country have been building their “deep” activities on the ashes of the old one. Now the question is if those who reluctantly but keenly stayed closer to the government than anyone have been target of blacklisting and profiling, what has happened to those who were not that close or even stayed on the opposite side.

A bit of an ill-minded hint could be found in a recent profiling by the police forces of the anti-government Gezi protests, which claimed that the majority of those who hit the streets were Alevis, purportedly labeling the revolt as “ethnic orientated.” Or in other words, if you are not with us, you are against us and if you are against us, you are the other. That is what has been happening to the critics of the AKP for years, and now it is also happening to the Hizmet Movement.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News , December 7, 2013


Related News

Why does Fethullah Gülen matter to the world?

It was believed in 2016 that Erdoğan was carrying out a witch hunt to drive Hizmet into the ground so as to completely erase its history in Turkey. However, that witch hunt never seemed to stop. In fact, it continues even today. The most recent examples are Kenya and Kyrgyzstan.

Baseless allegations damage publicly traded firms

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government has tried to scapegoat the Hizmet movement via conspiracy theories to evade attention stemming from the corruption allegations. A number of news stories broke soon after Ala’s claims, reporting that Bank Asya’s accounts were being scrutinized for misconduct.

The cleric, the coup and the conspiracy

In Pennsylvania, Gülen and his aides scrambled to denounce the coup attempt as it unfolded. “As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt,” Gülen said in a statement, referring to Turkey’s spotty democratic history. The U.S. also was quick to condemn the coup attempt, but not quick enough for many in the Turkish government and media.

Pro-Kurdish deputy welcomes Gülen’s support for peace talks

Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Ahmet Türk has welcomed support of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen for the peace talks between the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the government. “View of Fethullah Gülen [on peace talks] is reasonable, welcoming,” Türk told CNN Türk TV channel in an interview on […]

Turkey Targets Gulen-Inspired Projects Around the World

In past years, big names in South Africa picked up the annual Gulen Peace Award, a local accolade inspired by a Turkish preacher who has been blamed by Turkey for an attempted coup last month.

Defamation campaign against Hizmet condemned by CSOs from across country

A large-scale dark propaganda war is being conducted by some circles close to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against the Hizmet movement and Gülen, particularly since a corruption scandal erupted in December of 2013 in which three Cabinet ministers’ sons, many state bureaucrats and renowned businessmen accused of giving bribes in exchange for favors were implicated.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Turkish Airlines discriminates against critical newspapers on planes

Turkish entrepreneurs launch ophthalmology clinic in Senegal

Teacher jailed with 3-day-old baby released only to house arrest with ankle bracelet

Turkish delegation visits Crimea Simferopol International School

GYV says claims Hizmet formed political party one big lie

First International Science Projects Olympiads of Indonesia organized by the Turkish schools

Too Good to Be True

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News