Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Vengeance Is His To Pursue

"This is so offensive and disappointing. They see us as enemies."
"I think about this a lot It's very disappointing, sad, even frustrating."
Anar Mehraliyev, principal, girls' campus, Nile Academy, Toronto

"[The wider world] didn't really grasp the seriousness [of the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey]."
"[Its occurrence revealed the presence of a covert] parallel state [controlled by exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen], prepared to blackmail and slaughter toward power."
"It is not a small, disorganized thing. It was an organized and serious thing."
Selcuk Unal, Turkey's Ambassador to Canada, Ottawa
Turkey Military Coup
Tanks moved into position as Turkish people attempt to stop them, in Ankara, Turkey, during the attempted coup.  (AP)

Just as China maintains a deadly focus on Falun Gong practitioners around the world, persecuting, arresting and torturing them to the extent of extracting their bodily organs for transplant, and killing them, Turkey is now focusing on what they classify as a movement to destroy the current government and to effect the takeover of Turkey by Gulenists, followers of the man whom Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party consider a traitor to Turkey whom the death penalty awaits.

Ankara now accuses the United States of being involved in the plot to unseat Erdogan and his Islamist party in favour of allowing Fethullah Gulen, self-exiled in the United States, to return to Turkey as its new leader. Turkey has insisted in his extradition to stand trial for ordering the coup. Reasonably enough, the United States asks that evidence be produced implicating Mr. Gulen, that would move them to surrender him to his political adversaries, rabid for his head.

Famously, or infamously now as the case may be, there is a huge demographic of Turks in Germany, originally brought in as labourers and never meant to be citizens, but citizens they now are, and Turkey has financed countless mosques to be built in Germany, along with the financing by Saudi Arabia of mosques and madrassas. Erdogan insists that German Turks are under his care, and he bullies the German government to reflect his care of German Turks.

He is now turning his attention to the international community, tasking those whose population includes Turks, Canada included, to root out the evils of Gulenism. To close down, as he has done, the Gulen-funded Hizmet schools; above all to extradite their leaders to Turkey, so the nation, increasingly Islamized under the Justice and Development Party, and prepared to reinstate the death penalty, can dispose of them.

Turkey has intensified a sweeping crackdown on the media, the military, the courts and the education system following an attempted coup, targeting tens of thousands of teachers and other state employees believed to have links with Fethullah Gulen for dismissal.
Turkey has intensified a sweeping crackdown on the media, the military, the courts and the education system following an attempted coup, targeting tens of thousands of teachers and other state employees believed to have links with Fethullah Gulen for dismissal.  (ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS / REUTERS)

At the Gulenist-sponsored Hizmet school of the Nile Academy in northwest Toronto, students follow the Ontario academic curriculum. The instructors on behalf of the small Turkish community reflecting Gulenism, teach their students the basic tenets of  of Gulenist religious sensibilities where the sentiment, "The highest result of education is tolerance" represents the Gulen philosophy. The Turkish and other Muslim students are taught an inclusive faith.

President Erdogan and his Islamist party have embarked on a witch hunt, arresting and imprisoning tens of thousands of military, police, lawyers, teachers, journalists, government workers; anyone he suspects of belonging to the Gulenist movement. A purge of academia, the judiciary, the military and police is continuing including the detention of two Canadian Turks on charges of allegiance to Gulen.

Several decades ago the Turkish media featured advertisements about settling in Canada, and many among the disenfranchised and persecuted Gulen-supporting Turks emigrated from Turkey to Canada. Other Turkish-Canadians who don't support the Gulenists view them with contempt as traitors. Though Canada is a country of immigrants, it is also riven by contrasting values reflecting the culture they fled from.

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