Operating in Turkey for 40 years, the so-called "congregation" of Fethullah Gülen is in fact a terrorist organization, as they recently proved by attacking the main institutions of the state and the democratically elected government along with unarmed civilians in their failed coup d'état. Beginning with educational activities, they gradually succeeded in becoming a global organization. Just like a crime boss, Gülen introduced himself as a Mahdi or Messiah to his congregation, and under the veil of educational and charitable activities, he in fact operates a mass crime network worth $150 billion.
Indeed, all civilian activities of Gülen's organization serve to clothe their secret agenda: To penetrate the depths of the state apparatus and infiltrate its institutions with organization members. Although they seized key positions in the judiciary, the army and the police, their support from the public has always remained low and marginal.
As the president of the GENAR research institute, from our findings I observe that all recently conducted studies demonstrate Gülen is believed by the vast majority of the people to be the mastermind of the failed coup d'état. Also, the participation by members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the anti-coup d'état protest of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), and the upcoming pro-democracy demonstration on Sunday that brings together members of the AK Party, the CHP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) demonstrates the unity that exists among 90 percent of the Turkish electoral constituency. Although the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has not participated in the demonstrations, they also have no doubts about the identity of the mastermind behind the failed coup d'état.
In fact, there has rarely been such solid agreement and unity in Turkey, and behind this consensus lies two main factors: First, all political parties were respectively attacked by the Gülen organization through plots of some kind in the past. Second, the pro-junta gang used missiles to attack Parliament, which constitutes the sole source of political legitimacy in Turkey. Such insolence reveals that had they succeeded their vision of Turkey would resemble Pol Pot's Cambodia, Saddam Hussein's Iraq or Ruhollah Khomeini's Iran. Yet, their vision of the state is still ambiguous to the extent that even the putschist generals were not sure for whom they were staging a coup d'état. Organized like a bunch of grapes, two generals in the same barracks acted without knowing that each was separately controlled by external imams.
The Turkish people know without any uncertainty that Gülen was the mastermind of the failed coup d'état. Yet, they have serious doubts about the external links of that organization and its attempt to stage a coup d'état. The overwhelming belief in Turkey is that the Gülen organization worked from time to time with foreign intelligence organizations. The support of some leading people in the West, like Graham E. Fuller and the general tendency of the Western press in favor of the Gülen organization only exacerbate already existent suspicions in Turkey.
As a member state of NATO, Turkey is allied with the U.S. Yet, certain questions about the position of the U.S. in the failed coup d'état are being rightly raised in public discussion in Turkey. To list some of the causes for concern:
- The U.S. did not assist the Turkish government and the Turkish people by sharing intelligence reports about the failed coup d'état.
The entrance of some retired members of the CIA into Turkey before the failed coup d'état raised serious doubts among the Turkish public.
The military mobilization in NATO's Incirlik airbase during the attempted coup d'état increased worries about the position of the U.S. in the failed coup d'état.
The administrators of NATO, in which the Turkish army takes a certain part, did not share any intelligence reports about the failed coup d'état.
Just like a virus, intelligence organizations act in a contagious manner. Financed by Gülen's black money, the organization tried to influence members of the U.S. Congress and general American public opinion in favor of their designs.
Being politically hardened by experience, the Turkish people know well the true value of democracy for themselves and their country. Thus, we demand that the U.S. Congress investigates the stance of several U.S. institutions during the failed coup d'état in Turkey.
Even in petty states, certain institutions can act outside of their legal and legitimate realm of influence. Traumatized by the failed coup d'état, the Turkish people have serious doubts about the involvement of certain institutions in the U.S. in the failed coup d'état. It is our demand that the U.S. administration form a commission of inquiry about the position of those institutions during the failed coup d'état. In fact, Donald Trump stated that if he comes to power, he would not get involved in the internal politics of any country. Such a public statement may point to the present situation of the U.S. in the global arena.