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Greeley's al-Qaeda connections make headlines around the world
Greeley Tribune ^ | 8/19/06 | Mike Peters

Posted on 08/19/2006 5:49:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Many people believe you couldn't have found a more conservative, religious and docile town in America than Greeley in 1949. There were many churches, and no bars or liquor stores allowed in town.

But a six-month stay here in Greeley by an Egyptian student in 1949 made him so angry that he wrote books to express his anti-American diatribe. His name was Sayyid Qutb (SIGH-yid KUH tahb) and he became one of the founders of Islamic terrorism.

Television specials, literary magazines, stories in major newspapers, thousands of blogs and now a new book have noted Greeley's influence on the man considered by many to be the godfather of al-Qaeda.

Qutb was a Muslim extremist who was executed in 1966 in Egypt. But his writings survived, including his reports about Greeley and the Colorado State College of Education, now the University of Northern Colorado. His execution made him a martyr to his cause.

After a story in the Tribune in 2002, Greeley's attachment to terrorism was picked up nation-wide. Interest increased even more after Qutb's writings became known and as more was learned about his influence on modern al-Qaeda followers.

A new study -- Qutbism -- was even coined by some followers. If you "Google" his name -- Qutb -- you'll find more than 600,000 locations citing his name.

In the past four years, the UNC Archives in the basement of Michener Library has been deluged by requests for information and photos of Qutb, along with any information about Greeley in 1949.

Stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Smithsonian Magazine, national and international wire services, and on television specials on the History Channel, CNN, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., National Public Radio and almost every daily newspaper in Colorado.

In The Guardian newspaper, the headline on the story was, "Is This the Man Who Inspired Bin Laden?" A United Press International story began, "Communism had Karl Marx. Al-Qaidaism had Sayyid Qutb."

A new book out this summer brings more light to Qutb's stay in Greeley. "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" was written by Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine and a recognized expert on the Middle East.

In researching his book he visited Greeley and UNC, giving credit in his book, "Sayyid Qutb may have been miserable in Greeley ... but he did not have the advantage of meeting Peggy A. Ford (Greeley Museums) and Janet Waters, head of archival services at the James A. Michener Library..." He also thanked Ken McConnellogue, a former UNC vice president, and Michael Welsh, a professor of history.

In the book, Wright traces Qutb's life, but also quotes from his notes on Greeley.

Football: "The foot does not play any role in the game. Instead, each player attempts to take the ball in his hands, run with it or throw it to the goal, while the players on the other team hinder him by any means, including kicking in he stomach or violently breaking his arms or legs ... Meanwhile, the fans cry out, 'Break his neck! Crack his head!'"

Music: He wrote of attending a teen dance at a church, "They danced to the tunes of the gramophone, and the dance floor was replete with tapping feet, enticing legs, arms wrapped around waists, lips pressed to lips, and chests pressed to chests. The atmosphere was full of desire..."

He also noted one specific song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Qutb wrote, "The song revolves around a conversation between a teenage boy and girl on their way home from a date. The boy holds the girl up at his house; she begs him to let her continue on home, because the night is late and her mother is waiting.

"But whenever she comes up with an excuse to leave, he responds with the refrain, 'But, baby, it's cold outside.' "

Religion: "When it comes to building churches, no one can surpass the Americans: For instance, in a town with a population less than 10,000, I counted more than 20 (churches).

"Despite all of this, no one is more distant than the Americans from spirituality and piety. Their thoughts, feelings and behavior could not be further from religion."

Qutb also made some mistakes in his writing. It's not known if they were intentional or not. He said that in 1949, the bloody wars against American Indians continued. He also wrote that the American colonists pushed Latinos south toward Central America -- even though the American colonists themselves had not yet pushed west of the Mississippi. The Revolutionary War was "a destructive war led by George Washington.'"

It's likely the connection between terrorism and Qutb's writings of Greeley will continue. Despite Greeley's role in the terrorists' hatred for America, Middle Eastern and terrorism experts don't believe the connection has made Greeley a target.

Princeton Professor Michael Doran, who translated many of Qutb's writings, explained that Greeley is well-known in the Middle East, but said, "A terrorist would select targets that are more obvious symbols of Americanism."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; aroundtheworld; clashofcivilizations; connections; globaljihad; greeley; gwot; headlines; islamcnazis; islamic; islamicnazis; qutb; sayyidqutb; terrorism; theloomingtower
Communism had Karl Marx. Al-Qaidaism had Sayyid Qutb.

saw the author of The Looming Tower last night on C-Span, interesting tale, should be a bestseller,.

1 posted on 08/19/2006 5:49:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

The life of Sayyid Qutb

http://www.greeleytrib.com/article/20060819/NEWS/108190101

Mike Peters

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The life of Sayyid Qutb: 1906-1966

1906 -- Born in the village of Musha in Assyout Province, Egypt.

1918 -- Finished primary education, then dropped out of school because of a revolution of 1919.

1920 -- Moved to Cairo, Egypt, to live with his uncle and complete his high school education.

1929 -- Enrolled in the Darul Oloom teacher's college, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree.

1939 -- Joined the Egyptian Ministry of Education.

1945 -- Resigned the Ministry of Education to become a free-lance writer. He wrote many articles on the artistic expression in the Quran, and several books

1948 -- His book, "Social Justice in Islam," is published.

1948 -- Traveled to the United States to study and visit colleges.

1949 -- Took classes at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, taking summer-quarter classes and then auditing classes in the fall quarter, which means he attended classes but didn't receive credit. He dropped out of CSCE in December. Some accounts indicate he received his Master of Arts degree from CSCE, but college records do not support that.

1950 -- Returned to Egypt to take the job of teacher and inspector for the Ministry of Education.

1952 -- Because of philosophical disagreements, resigned his teaching position.

1954 -- He became editor of a newspaper in Ikhwan, Egypt. He was arrested that year and accused of trying to overthrow the Egyptian government.

1964 -- First sentenced to 15 years in prison, Qutb served 10 years and was released at the request of the Iraqi president.

1965 -- Published his most famous book, "Mallem Fittareek" ("Milestones"), in which he condemned Western morals, partially because of what he witnessed in Greeley. It led to his arrest on the orders of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

1966 -- Despite demonstrations by followers and protests from various Muslim countries, Qutb was hanged on Aug. 29, 1996. Followers said he was smiling when he was executed, knowing he had a "beautiful life ahead in paradise."


2 posted on 08/19/2006 5:50:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge
Don't worry about Greeley..its full of Illegal immigrants now
3 posted on 08/19/2006 5:53:22 PM PDT by Youngman442002
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To: NormsRevenge

In 1949, Greeley was one giant cattle feed lot. He just added to the stench.


4 posted on 08/19/2006 6:01:01 PM PDT by BigFinn
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To: NormsRevenge
Now Greeley is trying to get in on the war on terrorism? Going all the way back to this guy supposedly visiting in 1949?
Give me a break ... Greeley is a sleepy little town some 40 or so miles northeast of Denver, home of Greeley State Teachers College, now known in more recent years, as UNC (Univ. Northern Colorado). Having lived in Colorado and familiar with Greeley I can assure you in 1949 this modest little obscure college wasn't producing future terrorists. Berkeley maybe ... but not Greeley State Teachers College.
5 posted on 08/19/2006 6:02:15 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: NormsRevenge
Qutb also made some mistakes in his writing. It's not known if they were intentional or not. He said that in 1949, the bloody wars against American Indians continued. He also wrote that the American colonists pushed Latinos south toward Central America -- even though the American colonists themselves had not yet pushed west of the Mississippi. The Revolutionary War was "a destructive war led by George Washington.'"

Sounds like Qutb had the services of an advanced liberal education at UNC -- even in 1949.

6 posted on 08/19/2006 6:08:24 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: NormsRevenge

If he's anything like the Arabs I new in college he spent the whole time hitting on one American woman who was entirely uninterested in him.


7 posted on 08/19/2006 6:09:27 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: BluH2o
Egypt has been a hotbed of terrorism for years, Qtub was also a member of the Muslim Brotherhood tho it doesn't mention it in the article.


Library of Congress

8 posted on 08/19/2006 6:10:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: BigFinn
In 1949, Greeley was one giant cattle feed lot.

Don't forget the sugar beet plant...

9 posted on 08/19/2006 6:11:19 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: avg_freeper
If he's anything like the Arabs I new in college he spent the whole time hitting on one American woman who was entirely uninterested in him.

I think you hit the nail on the head. Proud, self-confident American women refused his Arab charms, and thus spurned, he turned his shame into rabid anti-Americanism and radical Islam. Makes sense to me!

10 posted on 08/19/2006 6:15:43 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: NormsRevenge

I've always wondered why these western hating, U.S. (Britain) hating Muslim wonders chose to live in our societies rather than, say, Afghanistan or Iraq, their third-world paradises.


11 posted on 08/19/2006 6:16:57 PM PDT by girlangler ((Fish fear me))
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To: avg_freeper

He also had a thing about the sexuality of blacks, and that "jungle" music. An obsession that goes back to the Arabian Nights, though maybe not the music part.

Mrs VS


12 posted on 08/19/2006 6:17:51 PM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: NormsRevenge

Qutb is just another in a long line of Islamic nutters.

I can't remember the name of the documentary, but it said that two things
about Greeley and America drove him nuts:
1. The attire of American women
2. Grassy lawns. Yep, grassy lawns.

He was just as fruity as some Al-Quida that operated in Italy pre 9-11.
In the surveillance tapes released by Italian police, after talking
show the guys starte b-tchin' about how gawd-awful Italian foods was.

These guys should just go back to their sandboxes and be happy there.
They just don't travel well.
As we saw on 9-11.


13 posted on 08/19/2006 6:19:10 PM PDT by VOA
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To: NormsRevenge

This is a quote from him by Wikipedia - sounds like he could have written a sexy novel:


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. [6]
... and their taste in music

Jazz is his preferred music, and it is created by Negroes to satisfy their love of noise and to whet their sexual desires ... [


14 posted on 08/19/2006 6:39:39 PM PDT by sasha123 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem)
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To: NormsRevenge

"Social Justice in Islam"

Just following in the footsteps of the Grand Mufti. A progressive icon in the making, no doubt.


15 posted on 08/19/2006 6:56:01 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: sasha123
This goes to the heart of Islam's dysfunctional relationship with sex. Sex is evil temptation and must be subdued and rebuked by males. Females who tempt must be punished. Thus the burka.

After 9/11 one of the three reason that bin Laden gave for the attack was that western media interfered with Islam's ability to attract its youth.

So, in a round about way, when Islamists strike at the US and the west, they are striking out at their fears of sex.

see: Symposium: To Rape and Unveiled Woman, from March 7, 2006 FrontPageMagazine:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=21502
16 posted on 08/19/2006 7:06:03 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: NormsRevenge
Norm,

Great List.

Do you know the address of that multi-cultural "Import-a-Terrorist" program at U of Montana Bozo Bozeman?

I'm not sure if your list would change their minds--or if it was their inspiration for that program.

Cheers!

17 posted on 08/19/2006 8:25:05 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
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To: NormsRevenge; All
I found webpage for Montana State Bozo Bozeman International Programs...

Anyone want to forward this article to them, with a couple of pointed questions?

18 posted on 08/19/2006 8:34:53 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
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To: NormsRevenge
The song "BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE" has nothing at all to do with teenagers. It was made popular in a movies, the man and woman were well into adulthood and there is NO seduction. Neither is it "jazz", nor was it written by or for blacks.

By today's standards, the clothes and behavior of teens and/or college students, in 1949, would appear to be non lascivious, sedate, and quite rather benign.

19 posted on 08/19/2006 8:41:59 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: NormsRevenge

so now the MSM wants us to obey CAIR and attend Islam indoctrination centers?

convert, or submit or die. That is all islam wants.


20 posted on 08/19/2006 8:54:59 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: NormsRevenge

bttt


21 posted on 08/19/2006 9:36:33 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; NormsRevenge

22 posted on 08/19/2006 10:00:49 PM PDT by devolve (fx 9125_AMERICANS_KILLED_2003_BY_ILLEGALS MEX_ILLEGAL_GOT_911_TERRORISTS_ID NO_NUEVO_TEJAS)
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To: devolve

LOL, that looks familiar! You just like his tatoo!


23 posted on 08/19/2006 10:05:30 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch


This is a weird thread


This jerk and many others are nutcase cultists


I see their futures as bleak and short





24 posted on 08/19/2006 10:15:17 PM PDT by devolve (fx 9125_AMERICANS_KILLED_2003_BY_ILLEGALS MEX_ILLEGAL_GOT_911_TERRORISTS_ID NO_NUEVO_TEJAS)
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To: NormsRevenge

greely's a long way from Dearborn.


25 posted on 08/20/2006 6:30:47 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Pray hard and do the math.)
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To: theBuckwheat

You can tell a lot about a religion by observing how it deals with sex. You can tell a lot about the emotional and psychological stability of the religion's founders.


26 posted on 11/18/2006 6:01:24 AM PST by H.Akston (Jihad - my struggle, mien kampf.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
"Social Justice in Islam" Just following in the footsteps of the Grand Mufti. A progressive icon in the making, no doubt.

Does that rate a Seig Heil?

27 posted on 12/21/2006 1:55:54 PM PST by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bump


28 posted on 12/23/2006 9:24:36 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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