This is the sort of crap that Israel has to put up with. Aggression provokes a strike-back and then the attacked party is blamed for striking back — with the reliable collusion of a Green/Left media, of course. The whole episode was a blatant setup. The vessel rammed was a highly maneuverable diesel-powered (biodiesel, of course) trimaran that could easily have skated out of the way of the monohulled Japanese ship. They were only rammed because they wanted to be rammed. They want to be seen as the victims rather than the aggressors that they really are. It’s just another Greenie PR stunt. The report below is from the Murdoch media, so gives some balance

SEA Shepherd captain Paul Watson today accused Japanese whalers of a high seas hit-and-run, disputing claims a collision with one of its speedboats was accidental. Six crew members aboard the anti-whaling ship Ady Gil were rescued, one with broken ribs, after it and the Japanese whalers’ ship the Shonan Maru 2 collided in remote Antarctic waters. The high-tech trimaran was ripped apart in the collision.

Japan’s Fisheries Agency has blamed the Ady Gil for the crash, saying it slowed suddenly while crossing in front of the Shonan Maru.

But Mr Watson today labelled the claim ridiculous, saying the whaling ship deliberately rammed the boat in a high seas “hit and run”. “The Ady Gil was stationary at the time it was struck,” Mr Watson said on Macquarie Radio. “The Shonan Maru did a quick turn and came in real fast, they were aiming for the cockpit, where the crew were, and fortunately we got the engines in reverse and backed up just enough so that the front of the ship was torn off instead of hitting the cockpit. “They were trying to sink the ship. We put out a mayday distress signal and the Japanese refused to respond – it was a hit and run really.”

Mr Watson said it would be impossible to salvage the Ady Gil, meaning a loss of $2 million for the Sea Shepherd organisation.

A spokesman for the Institute of Cetacean Research in Tokyo, Glenn Inwood, contradicted Sea Shepherd’s account of the incident. “The (Ady Gil) skipper put the boat into full sting to try to cut the Shonan Maru off,” he said on ABC Radio. “You can see that the Shonan Maru is moving to the port to try and avoid a collision and there’s no avoiding the collision with the Ady Gil. “It’s a fast boat, she heads off full steam in front of it and miscalculates. So it’s no wonder that it came to the grief that it has.”

Asked if the environmental group would press charges against the whalers, Mr Watson said: “There’s no law down here, there’s no way to bring charges against anybody. “Japan does what it wants, where it wants. They’re killing these whales in violation of international law. And if they were to injure or kill any of us, their government will justify and defend their actions.”

Before leaving, Captain Pete Behune said he was planning to take the fight right to the harpoon vessels. “We will be on the fleet the whole time. Once we engage them, every day we’ll be looking to mess them over,” Bethune said. “My first job is to get my boat down there and get my crew down there and back safely and look at the risk.”

Mr Watson again called on the Federal Government to send naval ships to stop the whalers exploiting the southern ocean whale sanctuary, which falls in Australia’s Antarctic Territory waters. “Peter Garrett promised before he was elected that he would come down here and stop the illegal Japanese whaling activities – we’re still waiting for him to do so,” Mr Watson said.

But the Japanese Fisheries Agency hit back in a statement, accusing the Ady Gil of causing the collision. “These acts of sabotage that threaten our country’s whaling ships and crew were extremely dangerous,” it said. “It is totally unforgivable.”

Environment Minister Peter Garrett yesterday said he had no plans to send a vessel to police the situation, instead calling on both parties to exercise restraint.

Japan aims to slaughter nearly 1000 minke whales this summer as well as 20 rare fin whales and 50 humpbacks. “They are becoming increasingly desperate,” Mr Watson said yesterday. “This is a war. It’s a war to save the whales and it just got a lot uglier.”


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