Fethullah Gülen, born in 1942, is a Turkish imam who many in the West (see CBS' 60 Minutes recent video above) applaud as a reformist, capitalist, advocate for tolerance, a catalyst of "moderate Islam" for Turkey and the Arab world. However, as the case with many Islamists the truth is grayer. Below are a number of quotations consolidated from recordings that came to light years ago that show a different side to Gülen (he claims the recording have been altered).
I’m posting about Gülen and his disturbing quotations as in Egypt now most radicals are portrayed and treated as “moderates” and criticizing or trying to expose them, usually treated as being anti-Islam. Let's read the Machiavelli like words of "Gülen the Moderate":
You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, the followers must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere … The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world … The philosophy of our service is that we open a house somewhere and, with the patience of a spider, we lay our web to wait for people to get caught in the web; and we teach those who do. We don't lay the web to eat or consume them but to show them the way to their resurrection, to blow life into their dead bodies and souls, to give them a life … Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here—[just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.Source of quotations: The Middle East Forum