The video below provides clear proof that the Ady Gil was run over by intent.
Right now Pete Bethune, the captain of that vessel, a New Zealand citizen, is being held by the Japanese government, under trial for boarding the vessel to demand that the captain pay for the ship and answer to charges against him. Clearly the Ady Gil’s captain was no threat with so many Japanese crew on board. Yet they took him prisoner and sailed back to Japan with him.
First the Japanese commit whaling violations, killing whales against IWC regulations for decades under the thin guise of Research. The world at large ignores this. Finally Paul Watson’s Sea Shepherd begins taking them on themselves, because the rest of the world is turning a blind eye.
That the Japanese aren’t up on charges is already an insult to justice. Finally Australia getting serious about taking them to task for hunting whales in the Antarctic. Finally the Kiwis are considering defending Pete Bethune, who is one of their citizens, effectively kidnapped by the Japanese vessel’s captain. How much longer will it take for the rest of the world to demand that they stop their brutal and criminal slaughter of whales and dolphins?
It’s literally worthy of ridicule that Sea Shepherd should have to exist in the first place. Now President Obama is pushing a hair-brained scheme that would repeal the ban on whaling for a period of years before phasing it out altogether? Just remove the whaler’s ability to make a profit from the kills and the “Research” will stop immediately… or call them out on the Research trick and tell them we’re imposing economic sanctions until they stop. Or just do the right thing and send U.S. battleships out there to ensure that no more whales or dolphins are killed this way. It’s a reasonably safe bet that Japan isn’t willing to wage war with the United States again for the whalers’ sake. They should be able to remember what happened last time they got too big for their britches.