Posted by ampontan on Sunday, February 21, 2010
Nemo understood that it did not matter what humans thought, because humanity was the problem….I understand that philosophy, and I have lived it every day of my adult life.
- Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd, on the Jules Verne character Captain Nemo
THE WORLD seems to be at a loss as to how to deal effectively with the eco-buccaneers Sea Shepherd—at least that part of the world which finds their behavior repugnant. Some hold they are guilty of piracy. Since the Sea Shepherd vessels do indeed fly the Jolly Roger, it would seem the group is wearing that shoe because it fits. Others consider them terrorists.
Former lower house member and Yokohama Mayor Nakata Hiroshi thinks Japan should deal with Sea Shepherd by going after their enablers. Mr. Nakata this week called for Japan to declare the United States, The Netherlands, and Australia to be states that support terrorism. Put ‘em on a Foreign Ministry watch list!
The Japanese government should issue such a declaration.
He selected those three because the Sea Shepherd organization is legally headquartered in the U.S., its ships are registered with The Netherlands, and Australia allows itself to be used as its base of operations in the South Pacific. (All Australian measures against Sea Shepherd have been little more than slaps on the wrist.)
He says Japanese whaling is conducted in accord with international law, and that Japan has a whale-eating culture. He thinks a hard-line attitude might be effective because:
Countries around the world that prudently use marine resources in the same way as Japan, such as Norway and Iceland, have hailed the Japanese attitude of refusing to submit to Sea Shepherd.
Japanese whaling is not a violation of international law, and the group’s activities threaten the lives of Japanese citizens. Of course the surveys should continue. We must not make unsuitable compromises, and we must strongly demand they (the three countries) exercise control.
The Japanese government is unlikely to take this step, but the beauty of the idea is that it would put the onus on the moralizers for a change. It would compel those three countries to explain why they shouldn’t be singled out for sponsoring terrorism, and why they permit the humanity-hating Watson and his crew to behave as terrorists.
Their answers would be entertaining, if nothing else.