SEA SHEPHERD TERRORISTS ATTACK JAPANESE VESSEL
After throwing chemicals on the Japanese ship, and trying to entangle its rudder with rope, the extremists on the Ady Gil circled around to attack from the front, attempting to ram the Nisshin Maru.
[Such tactics are explained in this "helpful" video produced by the anti-whaling side:
in which it is made clear that the eco-thugs will not hesitate to break international laws and engage in piracy.]
Their attempt failed, and their own boat was severely damaged.
Unfortunately their henchmen pulled them from the waters.
From the BBC:
"The crew of the Ady Gil, five from New Zealander and one from the Netherlands, were picked up unharmed by nearby Sea Shepherd vessel Bob Barker near Commonwealth Bay.
"The Ady Gil is believed to be sinking and chances of salvage are very grim," the Sea Shepherd statement said.
A video apparently shot from on board the Japanese vessel showed the two ships smashing into each other at speed.
The Ady Gil was swamped by waves, its nose was torn off and damage could be seen to its side."
The extremists detail their version of events here:
PERFECT FOR PIRACY
The Ady Gil is a high-speed and very maneuverable craft, whereas the Nisshin Maru needs a much larger turning radius and greater breaking distance. From which it is logically obvious not only that the New Zealand thugs (and the Dutchman) deliberately took risks and sought confrontation, but also that it would have been far easier for them to have avoided the collision than for the Japanese to have prevented it.
The New Zealand terrorists cannot help but boast about the Ady Gil here:
This video also shows what a super boat they have:
And in this slick footage, you can clearly see the speed and maneuverability:
"Sea Shepherd extremism is becoming more violent... Their actions are nothing but felonious behaviour"
HUNTING THE SNARK
Frankly, I think that whaling in this day and age is misguided, to say the least. It would probably be best if it ceased entirely.
But I take exception to a bunch of know-it-all middle-class white folks imposing their view on the rest of the world through bully-boy tactics, and furthermore doing it in ways which are calculated to insult, demean, and infuriate other cultures.
From Wikipedia:"The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization based in Friday Harbor, Washington in the United States that utilizes direct action tactics. "
Additionally, employing piracy ("direct action tactics") on the high seas, and knowing themselves immune from prosecution because the Western Nations have a smug sense of cultural superiority, and will make exceptions to international law as they see fit, is the height of arrogance.
If there were any justice in this world, Sea Shepherd vessels would be blown out of the water and whatever drifting survivors surrendered would be strung up after being put on trial.
At the very least, the United States should yank their tax-exempt status. It is untenable that such a bunch of terrorists should be coddled in any way by our government.
Those five New Zealanders and that Dutchman ought to be arrested when they set foot on land again, for piracy and attempted murder.
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