Nothing but two bit Pirates

Ok I am now over the b.s. we are seeing about the pirates in the Southern Ocean. Two men – Australian Benjamin Potts and Briton Giles Lane – have been held on the Japanese whaling ship the Yushin Maru No2 since yesterday after they tried to illegally board the ship. The crew of the ship Steve Irwin have also tried to damage propellors in a bid to stop the ships.

Maritime piracy , according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
(UNCLOS) of 1982, consists of any criminal acts of violence, detention, or depredation committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or aircraft that is directed on the high seas against another ship, aircraft, or against persons or property on board a ship or aircraft. Piracy can also be committed against a ship, aircraft, persons, or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any state.

According to the Law of the Sea the crew of the Steve Irwin have actually met every facet of the law regarding piracy. Naturally the Japanese have detained these terrorists until the acts of piracy stop.

Now I'm not for whaling, I can't really see the need, but that is from the perspective of an enlightened European, but hey I guess you could say whales are the cattle of the sea as well so one day I might like to try out a bit of whale as I'll eat almost everything. Animals after all were put on earth to provide for humans.

Nevertheless the actions of the protestors pirates clearly are dangerous and acts of piracy. If the Japanese decide to ram and sink one of the ships dogging it we can't really blame them.

The Greens stance is also perplexing, they want us to send frigates, frigates that they wanted sold or never bought in the first place, to go down there and support the protestors pirates.

Ironic really, since the other day Russel Norman was uttering phrases like "get over it" in response to the outrage over the Electoral Finance Bill. The people protesting the EFA are not putting anyone at risk of harm, aren't committing acts of piracy and yet are supposed to "get over it". I suggest Russel takes his own advice and advises the protestors pirates to "get over it". Whaling after all is legal.

He can't have it both ways. Either he supports protest action against unreasonable and unjust laws or he doesn't. But of course I'm not expecting anything from these spectacular hypocrites. They helped pass one of those unreasonable and unjust laws themselves.

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