Much like a train wreck, Bitter and I couldn’t help but watch the Animal Planet series Whale Wars, which looks to me like a celebration of eco-piracy.Â Bitter and I were rooting for the Japanese, and the ice.Â What these people are doing is appalling, and Discovery Communications should be ashamed for painting criminals in a positive light.Â The Japanese government has put out Interpol alerts, and the leaders of this gang of pirates is wanted in Japan, at least.Â Yes, those brutish Japanese, eh, who want to continue barbarous whaling?Â Â Tell me if this video of a Japanese vessel defending itself against a deliberate collision by the Sea Shepherd looks anything but measured:
If I’m Captain of a ship being attacked and rammed on the Antarctic Ocean, in an attempt to sink my ship with my crew on it, I’m ordering my harpooner to fire one of the explosive harpoons at the bridge, not spray the hippies with water cannons, even though they could probably use the shower.
That might sound extreme, but sinking in water that cold is likely to kill some of my crew.Â It’s time to stop being nice to these people.Â If the countries harboring these terrorists don’t take action, someone needs to send the Sea Shepherd to the bottom of the ocean.Â I don’t care what you think about whaling, or whether you think the Japanese are abusing the research exemption.Â You don’t get to attack shipping, put people’s lives at risk, and get away with it.Â If someone attacks and tries to kill me on land, I’m justified legally shooting them dead where they stand.Â Â The high seas should be no different.Â Just for fun, here’s a video of The Sea Shepherd being rammed by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Go Canada!Â And shame on the Dutch for allowing these pirates to continue flying their flag.Â The Japanese and the Canadians ought to file a formal complaint with the IMO against the Dutch for failing to prosecute piracy by ships flying their flag.Â Why do we tolerate this?
UPDATE: Please file a complaint with Discovery Communications here.Â I did.
I am absolutely appalled that Discovery Communications is legitimizing piracy by airing a program that promotes violence against other human beings. Regardless of what one thinks of whaling, the actions of these eco-terrorists is in violation of the international law of the seas, and is criminal. What’s next for Discovery Networks? Following around people who try to murder abortion doctors? I have been thinking about canceling my cable subscription as of late. This has convinced me it is time, and I will make sure Comcast knows why.
I’m not kidding about the cable either.Â There’s literally nothing on worth watching except for Mythbusters, which still isn’t worth 80 bucks a month.