Bill Whittle: the Western Way and the #Occupy Way

Posted by: Phineas on November 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm

**Posted by Phineas

In the latest edition of Afterburner, Whittle first compares the flourishing orchards of the Israelis to the barren lands of their neighbors (1) and then distinguishes the attributes of successful small-businessman with a high-school degree from the qualities of the typical Occupier. The difference he finds is the difference between the Western way of thought and, well, everything else.

(1) Though it would have been a digression, Bill could have devoted his entire essay to how the different mindsets of the Israelis and their Arab neighbors also illustrate his thesis. For a good, brief analysis of the cultural ossification of the Arab Muslim world over at least the last 500 years, see Bernard Lewis’ “What went wrong? The clash between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “Bill Whittle: the Western Way and the #Occupy Way”


  1. Gina Cobb says:

    Awesome video. Thanks for posting it. Terrific job, Bill! I can’t wait to show this to my kids to help them better understand the types of qualities that go into almost any successful effort.

  2. Carlos says:

    Sometime the muslims will have to discover that “malice aforethought” does not constitute “thinking things through to come to a logical conclusion,” especially when the only “logical conclusion” is to kill someone because they hurt your feelings.

    If the Arab world ever had anything beneficial to contribute to civilization, it had to have disappeared at least 1500 years ago. Maybe it’s all that sand in their ears, or the ringing in their ears from screaming imams.

  3. Jay Stevens says:

    Carlos,three things happened:
    1. The Muslims ran out of people smarter than themselves to conquer.

    2. The conquered peoples lost the critical mass of intellect over about 2 generations due to conversion to Islam, flight, and death.

    3. Muslim dogma was pretty much codified by 1000 AD.

    After that, it was downhill.