Chas W. Freeman, Jr. is an American diplomat, businessman, and writer. He is the former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Freeman served as co-chair of the United States China Policy Foundation and president of the Middle East Policy Council. He also served as the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs from 1993-94. Currently, he is the chairman of the Board of Projects International, Inc.
“I think that the Hizmet, that the whole Movement is really based on the teachings of Gülen, not on Gülen as an individual. Of course, he is a charismatic personality, but it’s impressive that he does not expose himself very much. So I think he has shown in his own life that he cares more about ideas than he does about personal self-aggrandizement.”
“My feeling is that generally, you know, there are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who believe that ideas are more important than themselves, and who are prepared to give other people credit for things that they themselves invent, and then there are those who want to take credit for everything, and build up their own reputation. He’s very much the first kind of person.”
“I think Hizmet represents an impulse to do good. And it challenges its members to commit some of their time, some of their resources to helping others.”
“I think Hizmet has added greatly to the attractiveness of Turkish politics and society. Not only has it helped introduce foreigners to Turkey who wouldn’t otherwise have gone, or might have gone and just seen the ruins of the Greek cities, and nothing of modern Turkish society. But it has projected an image of reasonableness for Turkey abroad.”