As an activist in a completely different issue, I just had to giggle a little when I read the Captain of the Sea Shepherd’s screed.Â Oh my how familiar this sounds.Â To be fair, I have no doubt that Paul Watson’s seamanship skills are greater than my own, in that if he has any seamanship skills, he’s got a leg up on me.Â But I also didn’t take an non-ice-rated ship to Antarctica, sail through an ice field, and try to ram a Japanese ship.Â That’s my real problem with what he’s doing.
When it comes to the sea, there is no shortage of know-it-alls and self-appointed experts. Itâ€™s easy to sit in judgment from the comfort of a couch with a remote in oneâ€™s hand. Itâ€™s easy to fire off ad hominem attacks to make up for the fact that those who do, actually do and those who canâ€™t sit back and whine and bitch about those who do.
I don’t know much about the sea, but I have some idea what ice cold water does to human physiology, and I know enough of engineering to know that ramming ships into each other on the high seas has a high likelihood of sinking said ships.Â The Sea Shepherd has sank ships before.
Any accusations that Sea Shepherd is a violent organization cannot be backed by real evidence. Does Sea Shepherd destroy equipment used in illegal activities to kill whales and to poach fish? The answer is yes. Is this illegal or violent? The answer is no. If it were illegal we would be arrested. If it were violent someone would be hurt.
Just because someone has robbed twenty people without anyone getting hurt doesn’t make the act any less violent, which is why it is properly classified as a violent crime.Â It is only through the Grace of God that no one has been seriously injured or killed by this man’s egotistical attention whoring nonsense.Â Putting seamen into ice cold water can kill them.Â End of story.Â There’s no debating that point.Â It was the Japanese who were attacked, engaging in an activity that though internationally condemned, is considered legal by the Japanese government.Â Your beef is with the folks who make the decisions in Tokyo, not the sailors.Â The sailors are entitled to defend themselves, legally and morally, with deadly force if necessary, to prevent these pirates from sinking their vessel and endangering their crew.
Paul Watson’s ego is going to get someone killed.Â It’s only a matter of time.Â When that does happen, hopefully someone will have the fortutude to put the man in jail where he belongs.