The TV show “Whale Wars” has finally shown the episode in which the Ady Gil gets hit by the Japanese ship.
The Ady Gil was a way cool boat, and I’m sorry that it is no more.
But I am in no way sorry that Pete Bethune, the Ady Gi’s builder and captain, lost his precious boat. He took it down there to play chicken with the big Japanese ships. He knowingly gambled his boat, and he lost.
Pete Bethune, before recklessly charging at the Japanese: “This team is amped and looking for a fight.” Behind him is a Sea Shepherd shirt that lists the ships that they have sunk.
Pete Bethune, after his boat has been hit: “This is 18 ton against a thousand ton. It’s just not a fair fight.”
Or to paraphrase: Before: “We’re looking for a fight.”
After: “They fought back, that’s not fair.”
Cripes, what part of “hypocrite” do those Sea Shepherd idiots not understand? You’re proud of the ships that you’ve sunk, but when one of yours gets sunk, it’s not fair.
And more hypocrisy: after the crash, Peter Hammarstedt of the Sea Shepherds gets on the radio and tells the Japanese ship, “International law requires you to answer this mayday.”
Um, doesn’t international law also require that you operate your vessel in a safe manner, rather than deliberately hassling other vessels? Doesn’t international law require that you NOT hurl projectiles at the ships of a sovereign nation? Doesn’t international law require that you NOT deliberately drag a rope in front of another vessel’s path, with the specific intent of disabling it?
The Sea Shepherds are the lowest form of evil, hypocritical humanity that there is. Anyone who has watched a few episodes of “Whale Wars” can see that they are more interested in having a fun adventure, playing pirate, being cool, than they are about actually saving the whales. And when their game turns serious, they cry.
If they really wanted to save the whales, they would do it in the legal arena and in the court of public opinion. But that’s not fun; it involves real work and drudgery, writing briefs, having meetings in stuffy board rooms, talking to endless numbers of people, repeatedly trying to convince them that yours is the just cause. It’s much more fun to go boating around the Antarctic, playing chicken with large ships, throwing “harmless” projectiles at them, and pretending that you’re making a difference.