Archive for the ‘World’ Category
Powered by Max Banner Ads
JDL Rally For Freedom with Paul Weston from the New Freedom Party in England
Monday, February 20, 2012 – 7:30 pm Toronto Zionist Center, 788 Marlee Avenue, Toronto, ON
Please join us Monday, February 20th @ 87:30pm for a truly important evening with Paul Weston, leader of the new Freedom Party in England.
Following in the footsteps of Geert Wilder’s Freedom Party of the Netherlands, Mr. Weston’s goals are to counteract the spread of …fundamentalist Islam in Britain.
His platform consists of:
· Stopping Immigration from Countries that promote the Muslim Brotherhood.
· Repairing the damage done to the nation’s education system.
· Tackle the growth in crime.
· Promote British values and culture.
We have witnessed the spread of fundamentalist Islam across Europe and are witnessing the same trend in North America. An evening with Paul Weston will shed light on this issue and how to keep North America free.
On December 18 last year the last American soldier left Iraq. Thus the US Army finally withdrew from the country (leaving a small unit to guard the US Embassy in Baghdad). The withdrawal had been among Barack Obama’s promises ever since he started campaigning four years ago.
The timing was probably well calculated – not too early (otherwise the country’s descending into a lawless mess might have hurt Obama’s re-election campaign) and not too late (or else Obama’s image as a warmonger would’ve been cemented in the minds of the bleeding hearts who support him).
To show how important that event was, the Prime Minister of Iraq proclaimed December 31 a national holiday in celebration of the US withdrawal. When people celebrate after you leave their plac they usually mean that you were unwanted. There is nothing flattering here – after nearly 8 years and 4,000 casualties, the Americans were still considered occupiers.
I am far from blaming Obama. Although he prolonged the war, it was George W. Bush who started it.
I am still puzzled about why he did that. It was true that Saddam Hussein used to pay $25,000 to the families of Palestinian suicide terrorists. Also, at the time there was the case of the WMD, which looked quite convincing, although later they found nothing. Maybe the oil conspiracy theory was credible enough (despite the fact that in a country like Iraq any export arrangement can easily be overturned).
Or maybe Bush sincerely believed in the export of democracy, thinking that once the old regime is overturned, Iraq would become a modern democratic paradise. I tend to agree with that interpretation, because we saw the same delusion during the “Arab Spring”, when Obama facilitated the overturn of a few dictators hoping to bring democracy only to see barbaric Islamists taking power.
The problem with the Arab countries is that as long as their culture, politics and everyday lives are dominated by Islam, there’ll be no chance of democracy. Sure, you can say that when the masses in Egypt elect the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, they have done that in a democratic way. But that is not going to improve their situation at all.
Iraq is not different. When the British determined the borders of this artificial country consisting of three major groups that hate each other, they planted the seeds of the future wars. Ironically, the only person who proposed a solution to that problem was Joe Biden while he was running for President of the USA. His idea was to divide Iraq into three countries controlled by Kurds, Shia Arabs, and Sunni Arabs, but as soon as he became a Vice-President, the idea was forgotten.
In a tribal country like Iraq the only successful ruler would be an authoritarian figure, who controls everything with an iron fist. Every act of compassion or compromise is viewed by the Arabs as a sign of weakness, which is mercilessly exploited.
When Bush went to Iraq and deposed Saddam, he got rid of the only person capable of maintaining some order. The quarrelling factions of the parliament elected in supposedly democratic elections revealed the weakness of that system in the country. Without an authority figure, people there don’t have respect for the government.
That uncertainty and instability brought in Al Qaida terrorists, local militias and all kinds of bandits, who tried to take advantage of the situation. Officially, all of them claimed that they were fighting the Americans, but the truth was that they killed many more local Muslims and Christians than US servicemen.
The withdrawal of the US Army didn’t change the situation at all showing that all the fighting was sectarian.
During the first week of January, several bombs in Baghdad, Sadr City and other towns killed nearly 80 people in single day. The next week, a man in a police uniform blew up himself among Shia pilgrims killing at least 50. Just two days ago, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car close to a funeral procession in Baghdad, killing at least 32 people, half of them policemen.
All in all, at least 200 people all over Iraq have been killed in bomb attacks since the beginning of 2012. And they can’t even blame the Americans or the Jews for that.
The country is descending slowly, but steadily into a civil war. There are not many options left. We may see Joe Biden’s scenario realized – with the Kurds and Sunnis declaring independence and the Shia parts annexed by Iran. Or, just as likely, we could witness the ascend of a new dictator, much worse and more ruthless than Saddam and the Iraqi people would be happy to support him no matter what he does, just to have some peace. Then Iraq will return to exactly the same situation it was in before the USA invaded it. And with the current weakness of the USA, nobody will challenge the dictator.
… Don’t you miss Saddam? At least under him that mess was much more manageable…
© 2012 Blogwrath.com
(picture h/t BCF)
The mad colonel from Libya is apparently dead. The information is not completely clear, but the rebels who were after him, reported that he was wounded in an airstrike and then shot. There are already pictures and videos circulating the net, which allegedly show his death.
There’s also a new conspiracy theory – at one of the news sites, which posted the video, somebody observed in a comment that the man shown there looks over 20 years younger. Ergo – he most likely is a double.
It doesn’t make any difference if that’s true – whether he was killed or is still hiding, Libya is under new management. With the help of the West, a group of totally unknown rebels took over the country.
The trouble with the situation in Muslim countries is that the only options available are bad, worse, and worst.
Libya is not an exception – under Gaddafi it was a terrorist country, armed with dangerous weapons (and they are very real, unlike in Iraq). The country consists of dozens of tribes, which hate each other, and only a dictator can keep order.
Now the dictator is gone and it is not clear at all what is going to follow. In the worst case, Libya would turn into a new Somalia, with many warlords fighting for superiority. In the best case, a new dictator would emerge to put the things in order. In the worst of the worst cases, the West may decide that with a little push, Libya might be able to become a Western-type democracy. After sending troops and sacrificing hundreds of NATO soldiers, Libya will turn into the same quagmire that is now Afghanistan.
There are already signs that tolerance won’t be a part of the policies of the new leaders. A Libyan Jew, who left the country decades ago, returned to restore the abandoned synagogue in Tripoli. He received an official permit to do that, but was met by anti-Semitic demonstrators, who made clear they didn’t want any Jews in Libya. They surely are not much different than the dictator they ousted.
And in all cases, the deadly weapons will be at the mercy of crazy people, who may try to use or sell them. And again, under every option, the lack of control is going to create a flood into Europe of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants – more foot soldiers of the Muslim takeover. If you remember, last year Gaddafi boasted that if he was paid five billion dollars by the Union, he’d stop the immigration from Africa.
It looks like now this scheme is not going to work. Europe should enjoy the multicultural diversity of the new immigrant influx until every country in it ends up like Greece.
We live in truly exciting times…
© 2011 Blogwrath.com
A very interesting event is taking place this week in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It’s the 8th International Abilympics.
That strange, made-up word refers to a skills and crafts competition between people with disabilities. It is amazing to see that in our world, dominated by the whining of complainers and special groups, which demand more and more for doing less and less, we can still see people who are more interested in developing their abilities than joining the whining choir.
Watching those people can put your problems in the right perspective. The enormous efforts they have applied to overcome severe physical and sometimes mental problems, can shame anybody who looks for pathetic little excuses to do nothing with his or her life.
The participant, who impressed me the most, was Thomas Veillon. He is a young web designer from France. That wouldn’t be very impressive, if you don’t consider the challenges he had to face to develop his skills.
He is quadriplegic. In a pool incident, which he had at the age of 15, he broke his neck. Then he spent several months in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Despite the medical efforts, he remained paralyzed. Thomas can move only his head and partially his shoulders, however he can’t use his arms and legs.
For many people, that would be the ultimate disaster, ending all of their dreams and ambitions. Thomas wasn’t one of them – despite the crippling incident, he managed to graduate from high school. Then he continued his university studies in the field of logistics.
He also decided to lead an independent lifestyle by renting his own apartment.
After finishing his studies, he chose to work instead of contemplating his misfortune. He has worked for several sports organizations, dealing with IT support. His current job is in the field of web design, which he does for the Pelotas League (Basque Pelotas is a sport similar to squash) in the French region of Aquitaine.
The years of practice sharpened his designing skills. In 2010 he became a web design Champion of Aquitaine in the business section of the regional final. This success made him eligible for the French National championship in that field.
Of course, you may wonder how he can operate a computer without hands. He uses a complicated communication system – a light attached to the rim of his baseball cap interacts with a device at the top of the computer screen. By moving the light he controls the cursor (the keyboard is displayed on the screen). Then for further action he uses another device near his mouth, which works with air. When he breaths in, he clicks, when he breaths out, he right-clicks.
It was amazing to watch him use this cumbersome communication system to perform the same tasks that we, the able-bodied people could do with our hands without thinking too much. His strong concentration was interrupted from time to time only by one of his teammates who brought him water to drink.
This was one of the most inspirational things I have ever seen. Looking at Thomas methodically completing task after task with his diminished physical abilities made me realize how insignificant are all the excuses we try to find to avoid succeeding.
Of course, there are people who would use their will in similar situation to do evil. Another famous quadriplegic comes to mind – Ahmed Yassin, the founder of Hamas, who chose to direct his will to overcome his handicap toward a sinister goal.
I hope that Thomas Veillon would get more and more publicity in order to inspire other people and eclipse villains like Yassin.
When great achievers like Thomas Veillon, who are dedicated to helping people, receive the recognition they deserve, the world may really become a better place.
© 2011 Blogwrath.com
This morning a large group of Vietnamese Canadians organized a protest in front of the Chinese Consulate in Toronto.
The reason for the demonstration was the Chinese aggressive politics in South China Sea. China has claimed ownership of all the islands in the area since 1947. Although that policy is directed against most of the countries surrounding the sea, Vietnam has been its major victim. China claims ownership over the Paracel Islands, which have been ruled by Vietnam since the XVII century.
Despite that fact that both countries are ruled by communists, they clashed over the issue twice – in 1974 and 1988 – and in both cases Vietnam suffered substantial losses of soldiers and sailors.
The Toronto Vietnamese were unhappy with both governments, waving the old South Vietnamese flags.
This is not some kind of an isolated incident. China has a similar policy toward most of its neighbours. Last year it provoked clash with Japan over the Sengaku Island, which caused protests in Japan.
It is not hard to figure out why they are doing that – China wants to take control over the large underwater deposits of natural gas. On the other hand, in the post-communist world, where there is no more balance of power, we will be seeing more and more conflicts of that kind.
If we add in the mix the active work of Comrade Obama to nullify the US influence in South-East Asia, the picture becomes more than scary. What could go wrong with a communist government armed with nuclear weapons, which is trying to protect its power from internal and foreign “enemies”?
© 2011 Blogwrath.com
Poor Fidel Castro – he is one of the rare cases of a dictator who managed to outlive his monstrous creation. Lenin and Stalin died long before the communist system collapsed, which I guess left them with the satisfaction that the millions of people they killed somehow contributed to their utopia.
At the age of nearly 90, Fidel is forced to watch the crumbling of La Revolucion. The great promises, for which thousands were killed or drowned in their attempts to reach the USA, ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the major benefactor of Castro’s gang.
Although Castro retired, the ancient revolutionaries around him are desperately trying to salvage what’s left of Territoria Libre de America. It is difficult, because the 1957 Cadillacs are the most reliable way of transportation, followed by the donkey buggies and whichever Soviet cars that survived the tropical climate. The individual small business is still limited to street stalls and prostitution.
I was reminded of that sad reality when recently I came across a set of propaganda pictures released to show the resilience of the revolutionary leadership. In a way, watching those people, who still cling to power, could take you back to the times of Leonid Brezhnev and the old members of Politburo around him. People were betting on who of them was going to die first. But at least the Soviet Union of the time managed to maintain its façade of a powerful country, although it was already hollow on the inside.
The Cuban propaganda pictures can’t create even that illusion, because the Cuban revolution has been dead for years and you can feel the stench of its corpse from those photographs.
Here are Fidel and Raul with other members of the Central Committee, trying to look upbeat and optimistic, although it is not clear if anyone of them would live to see the next Party Congress:
They even want to revive their revolutionary spirit with the appropriate songs and gestures:
It is sad to observe Castro being moved around like a live relic of the revolution, forcing people to listen to his “wisdom”. Here he meets Cuba’s intellectuals:
He even finds the strength to lecture other leaders. In this picture he is with the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. I don’t know if you can get any useful guidance from a communist rag like Granma, but with or without guidance Chavez is going to ruin his country in exactly the same way:
Castro even gives interviews to “progressive” journalists. Here he is with Mario Silva, right after the end of their interview. Look at his cool L.L. Bean look. But what’s the deal with that Puma jacket? Why should he wear a product of a German capitalist firm, which has its clothes made by underpaid workers in China and Vietnam? Doesn’t Fidel know that he is contributing to the exploitation of those poor chaps? Never mind, hypocrite and communist are synonyms.
And at last, look at his pictures with Carter. Rarely does one see two failures of such an epic calibre in the same picture. They are like two annoying ghosts from a past that almost everybody is trying to forget.
Actually, Rosalynn is the only one with some dignity, for the simple reason that she never had the chance to discredit herself to such an extent. To make sure that they are two of a kind, Carter is even wearing the trademark shirt worn by most Cuban communists (maybe Castro should try it instead of wearing a Puma).
Long live the decomposing Cuban revolution…
© 2011 Blogwrath.com
The Islamic terrorists and their lefty enablers have been trying for years to distort the facts about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a new video, Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon presents the facts as they are. I am sure that the Palestinian terrorists will condemn and ignore that presentation – otherwise they’ll be deprived from their “victim status”, which is their meal ticket to millions and millions of free dollars provided by Scandinavian and other socialist fools.
Here is the video:
Just before the end of 2010 it was reported the former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who has already been in jail for several years, was convicted if a new crime and sentenced to 14 years.
His previous sentence was handed down to punish him and his company (Yukos) for not paying taxes. This time he and his partner Lebedev were accused of stealing about two thirds of the company’s production (over 200 million barrels of oil) over a period of several years. The prosecutors didn’t bother to explain how they failed to notice that during the first trial. They didn’t answer the question about how the company was able to operate for years despite such a monumental theft.
Moreover, two weeks before the end of the trial, the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin openly stated in a TV interview that Khodorkovsky was guilty and would be sentenced (despite the fact that the Russian courts are supposedly independent).
That shows how important a role Putin plays in Russia’s affairs. He can influence the outcome of court proceedings just like Lenin and Stalin did in the good old times. The issue here is not Khodorkovsky’s guilt. He probably committed some transgressions just like the other Russian oligarchs: after all most of them became billionaires without any previous business experience.
They all were products of the shady period when Yeltsin privatized Russia’s natural resources industries at fire-sale prices. During Khodorkovsky’s first trial the masses in Russia applauded Putin for cutting off the tentacles of the “World Jewish Conspiracy” failing to notice that many others of the oligarchy were also Jews, yet the mighty president didn’t touch them.
Khodorkovsky’s problem was that he took the idea of democracy in Russia seriously. He thought that he could fight Putin politically and win. He was wrong.
Although a simple KGB officer (or because of that), Putin understood the Russian soul much better. After a short flirt with democracy after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian masses were too scared of living on their own; they needed again somebody to lean on. Putin was the perfect fit to fill that gap.
Now he is lauded as the man who restored Russia’s might after the dangerous experiments of the drunkard Yeltsin. Of course, he only restored the illusion of power, because with the media and the opposition under tight control, they feel the same old tranquility they had in the Soviet Union. In reality, however, from the point of view of the economy, Russia has gained very little. The country’s fiscal fortunes directly depend on the swings of the raw materials’ prices. The men’s life expectancy is only 59 years, lower than in the most third-world countries. The Russian army is only a shadow of its old self.
However, for the thinking of the average Russian all that is irrelevant. He can endure cold and hunger just for the illusion that his country and her wise leader can kick everybody’s ass.
It is excusable for the ordinary Russians to have such feelings for a mediocre KGB officer. After all, they have never ever had democracy in their country.
It is funny though how that mediocrity is eulogized by some Westerners. There was a fundraiser recently in Russia, which Vladimir Putin attended. Among the participants were numerous movie celebrities, like Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Goldie Hawn, Gerard Depardieu, etc. etc. You can see the video below.
Putin decided to express his artistic talents. He started with a piano solo, in which he showed the skills of a kindergarten piano school reject. Still not satisfied, he took the stage to sing. He performed Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill. Frankly, if he were an ordinary person, his performance would have had him booed out even of a third-rate karaoke joint.
However, the most entertaining part of the video was to watch the actors’ reactions. Those supposedly highly skilled entertainers were applauding and clapping as if they were watching Elvis or Little Richard in their prime. Sharon Stone’s glazy stare revealed that probably deep inside she was floating with Putin in a wet dream.
That’s not new. The Western intelligentsia had proven time after time that they would follow even the most pathetic and disgusting dictator, if he fights capitalism. George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells admired Lenin and Stalin, despite of being aware of their bloody crimes. Paul Robeson loved Stalin and even sent his son to study in the Soviet Union during the worst years of the 1930’s terror. And let’s not forget how much Oliver Stone admires Castro and Chavez.
One needs to question the sanity of those people. By fighting capitalism, they risk losing the millions of dollars that the “rotten system” provided for them. In a “progressive society” nobody makes much money other than the dictator and his cronies.
As you may remember, about a year ago Haiti was hit by a strong earthquake. The capital Port-au-Prince was devastated and allegedly over 250, 000 people were killed. Right after it, the usual bunch of celebrities and activists started bombarding us with sob story appeals to make us open our wallets. Haiti needed our help.
Many of us answered the appeal and countless millions of dollars poured into the coffers of various charities. The national governments followed the lead and pledged millions of our tax dollars for rebuilding Haiti, without even asking us.
Well, now Haiti is again in the news. You may think it’s because of the enormous progress achieved in restoring the country. Not so, there is no progress, the country is in the same pitiful condition as it was before.
The news is that there is a cholera epidemic and the Haitians believe that the voodoo priests have caused it. So they deal with it in the best way they know – so far 45 witch doctors have been killed. The supreme leader of the voodoo cult is appealing to the government to interfere and stop the killings.
The whole situation is sad and pathetic. Not just because of the killings, things like that are considered normal there. The sad part is that despite the huge sums of money collected from the naïve Westerners, there is not a single good report coming out of that hell hole.
Over the last 15 years, Haiti has received many billions of dollars, which were supposed the lift the country from the poverty. Yet all that money has somehow disappeared without making a single change in the lives of the local population. Read the rest of this entry »
A new episode of the never ending soap opera of Israeli bashing has been unveiled. As usual, an event, which would have been considered trivial in any other country, is blown out of proportion by Israel’s critics.
The issue concerns the new Loyalty Oath, which the country’s cabinet is planning to introduce. The ministers passed the bill, but it still has to be approved by the parliament to become a law.
The oath will require the new non-Jewish citizens to pledge allegiance to a “Jewish and democratic” state. Even though the pledge hasn’t been introduced yet, it already attracts severe accusations of racism from the Arabs and the leftists. Read the rest of this entry »
The following is an interesting case of what happens when a good-meaning liberal goes beyond the bleeding-hard phraseology and tries to actually help the poor “victimized” people. A recent article in Jyllands-Posten (H/T Fivefeeotfury) tells the story of Michelle Hviid, a good-hearted Danish leftist, who tried to make a difference in the lives of the predominantly Muslim immigrant population in Denmark.
Few years ago she came up with the idea to move into one of the largest Copenhagen ghettoes. To be fair to the Danish authorities, they didn’t designate the area as a ghetto, where they wanted to isolate the “poor” immigrants. They had the noble intention to provide affordable housing to those people, but as it always happens, giving something for nothing to those who are hostile to the West and refuse to adapt, turned the area into a hotbed of crime.
So Michelle decided to help those people by starting an initiative of sharing a meal with the ghetto’s inhabitants. She organized nearly 1,500 Danes willing to do that in the name of mutual understanding. However, the other side wasn’t that responsive, only about 500 of the Muslims were willing to take part. Read the rest of this entry »
The Gypsy issue has been widely discussed in France over the last few weeks. The French government decided to expel over 1,000 illegal Gypsies residing in numerous camps in different parts of the country.
It was just announced that the European Union plans to sue France over the alleged violation of their rights. Since the majority of the Gypsies, who are being deported are citizens of Bulgaria and Rumania (both members of the Union), the Union officials claim that the French authorities prevent the free movement of the European citizens.
The lefties of all colors and persuasions are on the same bandwagon as well. They have demonstrated against the deportation accusing the French of discrimination against a specific ethnic group.
Is there any merit to those accusations or the legal threats?
Yesterday four Jewish citizens of Israel were slaughtered in the West Bank. All of them were shot in the car they were travelling in. The Palestinian terrorists kept shooting until they made sure that the four unarmed people were dead.
Two of them were husband and wife. The other woman in the car was pregnant.
Hamas proudly took responsibility for the murders calling them a successful operation.
Today the Arabs in Gaza were celebrating the murders. Hamas called a huge rally in the north of Gaza, near the Jabalya refugee camp. People went out dancing and cheering the assassination of the four “settlers”.
Another victory for the religion of peace…
And Netanyahu is in Washington negotiating peace. Why?
No other country in the world has been so heavily and unfairly scrutinized as Israel. Everything about it is questioned: its borders, its army, the places where its citizens live, the ways in which it defends itself from invaders, even the right to its existence… Everybody feels that they have the right to lecture them: from the lowest sadistic terrorist, through the out-of-this-world socialist activists, to the Secretary General of the UN. And this is not just verbal criticism; things often turn ugly, like yesterday when Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank killed in cold blood 4 Israelis, one of them a pregnant woman.
Emotions cloud the clear judgment on both sides and facts are getting lost in an entangled web of lies. The voices of reason are rare, but they exist and sometimes you can listen to them. Today I listened to one of those voices: Salomon Benzimra (from Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights, CILR), who gave a presentation organized by the Jewish Defence League. Although the issues he discussed are highly emotionally charged, he kept the emotions totally out of his lecture. Meticulously dissecting the long history of the problem of the Jewish state, he attacked the destructive deceptions spread by media, politicians, and academics.
Another frighetning news from Mexico… The Mayor of the small town named Hidalgo, located at the US border, was killed today. He was shot while driving his car. His 4-year old daughter, who was with him, was badly wounded.
It was the same town where few days ago they found the corpses of 72 South American immigrants shot by the drug cartels. Shortly after that, two Mexican officials investigating the massacre went missing and later were found shot. Earlier today two car bombs exploded in the same town…
How is Calderon dealing with the situation? Is he still opposed to Arizona’s law that attempts to prevent his incompetence spilling into the USA?
Is Comrade Obama going to do anything to protect his citizens?
Or is he going to file another lawsuit against Arizona and return to the golf course?
Just another mass murder in Afghanistan… Yesterday ten members of a medical group were shot in cold blood by Muslim fanatics in Afghanistan. Six of them were from the USA, one from Germany, and one from Great Britain. Two Afghani interpreters were also killed.
The organization, which sent them there (International Assistance Mission) stated that their task was to provide eye treatment to people in remote villages. The Taliban, who took responsibility for the murders, claimed that they killed them because they were “spying for the Americans” and “preaching Christianity.” Read the rest of this entry »
It has been reported that starting from September thousands of school children in the Harrow area of London will be forced to eat only halal meat at school. That despite of the protests of many parents…
Supposedly, this is one of the most diverse ethnically communities in Great Britain. The sources state that the population is just under 50% Christian, 20% Hindu, 7% Muslim, and 6% Jewish. Read the rest of this entry »
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are going to ban the users of BlackBerry phones from instant messaging, e-mailing and web browsing. The ban, worthy of the spirit of the medieval Islam, which reigns there, is caused by the problem of too many users being out of control. The difficulties of monitoring and censoring their conversations threaten the “moral” Islamic pillars of the Kingdom. More about that here.
Few days ago a court in Tokyo convicted one of the most notorious eco-terrorists in the world, the New Zealander Peter Bethune. He was found guilty of obstructing a mission conducted by Japanese whalers in the Antarctic Ocean. This “wonderful” whale savior was also found guilty of assault, because he threw several bottles of rancid butter at the whalers, which caused bad chemical burns to three of the Japanese sailors.
At the trial, Bethune didn’t quite live up to his image of a tough guy determine to destroy the Japanese whaling fleet. He mumbled and looked disoriented, and during his closing statement he even shed few tears while apologizing for what he did, trying to convince the court that he didn’t intend to harm anybody.
His hypocrisy probably worked, because the judge was more than lenient to him. He could have gotten up to 15 years jail for his crimes, but they let him go with two-year sentence suspended for five years, so he didn’t do any jail time and was promptly deported.
Of course, all this would have been a mildly curious case of a lone loon, if Bethune were acting alone, but unfortunately, he was a member of a large organization, which sent him to do his evil deeds. He is a member of Sea Shepherd, a bunch of misfits, who self-proclaimed themselves to be the world’s ultimate defenders of whales. In their twisted (or bribed) minds the oceans’ whale population is so threatened by extinction, that in very near future they will all disappear. So in order to avoid that, they are ready to go as far as they can to confront anybody who tries to hunt whales. Read the rest of this entry »