Ed Driscoll

Starting From Zero, Middle Eastern Edition

Charles Johnson links to this Smithsonian profile of Sayyid Qutb, Osama bin Laden’s chief mentor. You may remember Qutb from this January post, documenting his reaction to America’s decadent show business strumpets. But the Smithsonian piece delves into the mindset that would cause such a reaction:

The core problem with the United States, for Qutb, was not something Americans did, but simply what America was