One of the intellectual giants of radical Ismlamists, Sayyid Qutb, was convinced that America is evil while spending time Colorado State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Colorado, in 1949. To him, Ameria is "a soulless, materialistic place that no Muslim should aspire to live in"
Qutb pointed out many things Americans take for granted as examples of the nation's culture of greed -- for example, the green lawns in front of homes in Greeley...
"America in 1949 was not a natural fit for Qutb," [NPRs Robert] Siegel says. "He was a man of color, and the United States was still largely segregated. He was an Arab -- American public opinion favored Israel, which had come into existence just a year before."
In the college literary magazine, Qutb wrote of his disappointment:
"When we came here to appeal to England for our rights, the world helped England against the justice (sic). When we came here to appeal against Jews, the world helped the Jews against the justice. During the war between Arab and Jews, the world helped the Jews, too."
In his book, The America I Have Seen, he "informed" his Arab readers that the US was still propagating a war with the American Indians and spoke of the Revolutionary war as "a destructive war led by George Washington."
What's more, he didn't like Jazz, boxing and, of course women
"The American girl is well acquainted with her body's seductive capacity. She knows it lies in the face, and in expressive eyes, and thirsty lips. She knows seductiveness lies in the round breasts, the full buttocks, and in the shapely thighs, sleek legs -- and she shows all this and does not hide it."
While he criticised the racism of the time, he wrote
Jazz is his preferred music, and it is created by Negroes to satisfy their love of noise and to whet their sexual desires ...
When he returned to Egypt, the colonialist, and pro-Western monarch was overthrown by Gamal Abdel Nasser. Qutb had already joined the Muslim Brotherhood by this time and was disappointed when Nasser didn't establish an Islamic State in Egypt. After an assassination attempt on Nasser failed, the Egyptian Government cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood and threw Qutb in jail. It was during this period that he wrote his seminal work Milestones, a book that would inspire modern day Jihadists and be a foundation stone of al Qaeda.
In Milestones, Qutb advanced the ideas that Democracy was anti-Islamic and laid the foundations for Global Jihad.
"Those who say islamic Jihad was merely for the defense of the "home land of Islam" diminish the greatness of the Islamic way of life and consider it less important than their homeland," Qutb wrote. "However, defense (of the Islamic community) is not the ultimate objective of the Islamic movement of jihad but it is a means of establishing the Divine authority within it so that it becomes the headquarters of the movement of Islam, which is then to be carried throughout the earth to the whole of mankind."
Today, there is an idea that there is a "good" branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and a "bad" branch. Many members of Congress appear to be under this impression.
But to my knowledge, no member of the Muslim Brotherhood has ever repudiated the work of Sayyid Qutb.