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.
We are not talking public debates and verbal confrontations, not at all… They attack ships, harass sailors, attempt to physically hurt the whalers and destroy their vessels. In short, they are no different than low-life pirates, and even their black flag with a skull shown above tells you that they don’t mind being considered pirates. As you will see below, in the quotes from their followers, they are not ashamed to be considered racist or misanthropic.
It is hard to believe that such an organization would have any support, but surprisingly it has a tax-exempt status in the USA. It also receives donations from questionable organizations and has-been celebrities like Bob Barker, Martin Sheen, Darryl Hannah and few others. They also rely on good old-style Nazi-like propaganda to twist the fact to their best advantage. In one of his books, their leader Paul Watson shamelessly advises his readers to make up facts and figures to suit their propaganda and when communicating with the media to deliver those lies confidently. Nothing new here…
Of course, the propaganda doesn’t always work and the Sea Shepherd have had their asses kicked on quite a few occasions by whalers and seal hunters.
But let’s see what brought Peter Bethune to Japan. On January 6, 2010, he and other members were on the Sea Shepherd’s boat Ady Gil trying to harass the Japanese whaling ship Shonan Maru 2. Due to the inept job they did (they hardly have any qualifications to operate a boat properly), they collided with the ship and Ady Gil later sank. Meanwhile, on its board they had bow and arrows, which they fortunately didn’t have a chance to use.
However, Bethune didn’t give up. Over a month later, on February 15, 2010 (a day after he threw the rancid bottles to the board of the ship), he approached Shonan Maru 2 again and boarded it in the best traditions of the Somali pirates: he used jet ski to get near, cut through the anti-boarding net and boarded the ship. He had the curious intention to arrest the captain, Hiroyuki Komiya, and present a $3 million bill for the sunken Ady Gil. That didn’t work exactly the way he expected. The crew locked him up and brought him to Tokyo where he was arrested by the Japanese Coast Guard and later tried in court.
All the commotion caused by Bethune didn’t go unnoticed. Sea Shepherd’s followers and admirers swarmed blogs and discussion forums trying to show their support. Here I have collected some typical opinions (I had to go through hundreds of them to find some that at least coherent and without obscene language):
You people know that this is nothing! They are not going to lock Paul up. The japs just want to know where he is. HAHAHAHA and you thought it was something bad for Paul!!! Stupid People!!!! Look up what it really is. Nothing more than a jap investigation! What can they do!!!! Need to nuke-um again!!!
“WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE
Shonan Maru #2 Captain Hiroyuki Komiya
$3 million dollars damage.
Attempted murder of Ady Gil crew.
Took hostage Captain Pete Bethune of Ady Gil.”
“DO YOU THINK MAYBE THEY SHOULD GO GET SOME SOMILI PIRATES TAKE THEM WHERE THE JAPAN WHALERS ARE AND HELP THEM TAKE THE JAPANEESE SHIPS FOR RANSOME.. ALL THEY WOULD HAVE TO DO IS TAKE THEM TO THE AREA AND GIVE THEM A SPEED BOAT AND SAY GO GET EM’,, THE PIRATES WOULD STRONG ARM THE WHALERS AND DRIVE THEIR SHIP BACK TO SOMILIA,, HOLD IT AND THE CREW FOR 100 MILLION RANSOME,,,, ITS LIKE SCREW ME SCREW YOU,, I WISH THE SEA SHEPARD WOULD SEE THIS AND FOLLOW THROUGH,,PASS IT ON”
“Remember December 7th, 1941…”a day which will live in Infamy”…….tell the Japs to stop Whaling NOW…..And dont forget December 7th, National (SLAP A JAP) day.”
“Boycott the Japs!!!!
Send Paul Watson whatever you can.
Let the Japs and Obama know how you feel.
What we need are a few mimi subs that work and a few suicide planes.
Remember Dec. 7th.
The Japs are known and proven liars and its time we let Toyota, et.al. know we are not going to be their chumps forever.
“Can we start harpooning Japs? You know… for scientific purposes.”
“hey only japs here are those leftover from wars lol .the whale hunting japs arent welcome here at ft hood texas . theres some korean gangs here that would slap them silly like i said all of you think .have you ever met a good japenese person . pieces of chit .they are .”
“My dog has never tasted Japanese meat but I’m sure he would not mind it. Let’s harpoon Japs for their beef and of course, scientific purposes. Once the research is done we can feed my dogs.”
“Boycott all Japanese products until they stop hunting whales….They don’t require the meat for sustenance , they just desire it…BOYCOTT ALL JAPANESE PRODUCTS”
“Im Japanese American, and still wouldn’t mind seeing a bomb dropped on these people.. Im not loyal to a country or ethnicity.. What matters is devotion to think of all life as equally important, except humans.. I forgot how to think of the human race as anymore then an egotistical materialistic driven ignorant time bomb. Detonations soon baby!”
“Dont the Japanese have any thing better to do than to prosecute a good man like Bethune. Pretty soon our children and grandchildren wouldnt know what is a whale. The Japs should try eating another Jap, cause too many japs in too small a country, may taste good too”
After reading all that, I wonder: is there any truth to the image of the tree-hugging, animal-loving, kind environmentalist? Is it just me who is seeing their real nature? These are a bunch of frighteningly disturbed people, who unwittingly parade their ignorance in those semi-literate statements.
Only a complete failure in life can have such profound hatred for his or her fellow human beings. I can imagine such a person hiding behind a computer in a mouldy basement (which probably belongs to his parents) spitting out his venom into the cyber space.
What do they offer to help the cause of Sea Shepherd? In a classic racist style they condemn the “Japs”, who are inferior. How dare they not follow Sea Shepherd’s directives? The Japanese goods should be boycotted immediately (although it is hard to believe that those losers were ever able to buy a Toyota with their welfare checks).
The “Japs” should be nuked again and if there are any of them left, they should be slapped, harpooned, forced to eat each other, and what’s left of them will be fed to the dogs. The only thing they forgot to recommend was to send the North American Japanese to the camps where many of them spent the “good old days” of World War II.
It is hard to believe that people who live in a supposedly enlightened democratic society can hold such repulsive racist views. And they are racist, because Sea Shepherd goes out of its way to attack only Japanese: it’s no wonder that “the little yellow people” are an easy target, because they avoid confrontation. I can imagine what will happen if those terrorists attack a Russian ship, their sorry asses would be promptly fed to their beloved whales.
Obviously, those people are not interested in real facts, they would twist anything just to get some publicity. But the truth is that the Japanese whaling is perfectly legal. Japan strictly follows the requirements imposed by the International Whaling Commission (although they are voluntary). There are several other countries legally involved in whaling, but Sea Shepherd conveniently forgets about them.
Most of the whales that the Japanese hunt are Minke whales and their quota is about 900 per year. At the same time it is good to know that there are about 750,000 Minke whales in the Antarctic, so they are very far from being extinct (but of course statistics doesn’t mean anything to Sea Shepherd). The Faroe Islands hunt 950 Pilot whales per year, Norway, about 500-550 Minke whales per year, Russia hunts 140 Gray whales per year, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines hunt 4 Humpback whales per year and the USA hunts about 50 Bowhead whales per year. However, Sea Shepherd keeps total silence about those countries and never criticizes them.
Another fact that the eco-terrorists and the tree-huggers conveniently forget is that a large part of the funds they receive from different UN agencies are provided by Japan. Japan is the second largest donator to the United Nations (after the USA), it provides 16.6% of the money, which the organization wastes on thousands of worthless causes. Yet Japan rarely (if ever) benefits: what did the UN do to help the many Japanese citizens abducted over the years by the communist fanatics of North Korea? What will happen, if Japan suddenly decided to stop contributing money? Of course, I shouldn’t ask about that, the “Japs” are supposed to shut up and pay.
I wish I could finish with some optimistic message, but I don’t have any. As long as there are vengeful idiots, who hate their failed lives, there will always be organizations like Sea Shepherd that will conveniently provide something or somebody that they can hate.