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44 Responses to “Sea Shepherd’s Watson claims Japanese Whalers shot him”
so danyl when did you stop beating your wife – i’ve made the allegation, the burden of proof rests with you now!
I am surprised you would run that line of argument
More importantly – why the hell is watson there? why is he wearing a bullet proof vest for god’s sake, what is he trying to provoke? Is he doing green issues any good by being a violent confrontationalist?
Good point, “deity”. These b. stirrers go right out of their way to provoke those they are antagonising, into reaction, in fact, if they could leave them with no option other than violent reaction, they would b. do it. The fact that this a-hole was prepared to the extent of wearing a bullet-proof vest, says it all.
Ok heres the killer line “”I felt an impact on my chest at one point and didn’t think too much of it at the time and then when I opened up my survival suit – I had a bulletproof vest (on) – and there was a bullet lodged in it,” he told ABC Radio.”
No sorry fraid not. Wearing the best body armour on planet earth a shot WILL put you on your ass and will leave you dazed stunned and bruised. Not oh I just shruged it off and carried on with my assault on a merchant ship on the high seas.
This guy is doing more damage to the anti-whaling cause than the Japanese.
Thanks Graeme. Now this bullet needs to be compared by ballistics experts with bullets fired from any weapons that are present on the Sea Shepherd. This incident has Green publicity stunt / deceit written all over it.
Paul Watson is cockroach who needs to be strung up by piano wire. If they did shoot at him it’s a pity the bullet didn’t kill him. Anti-whaling loons who boarded the Whale ship earlier this year should have been taken back to Japan to be prosecuted.
I despise Sea Shepherd. They’re the worst thing that ever happened to the anti-whaling movement – hysterical idiots with a numb-skulled, short-term solution. All the same, I don’t know whether I think he’s lying, Japan’s government have admitted that they fired what they call ‘warning shots’. I trust Inwood and and the Japanese Government to be sensible and truthful about as much as I trust Watson to be.
You’re attracting the usual level of ‘maturity’ and bloodlust in your comments, DPF. Looking back over what’s being said, it reads like a lynch-party.
“strung up by piano wire”
“Watson will one day face the power of the harpoon”
“anybody shooting this guy would be bound to hit his big ugly-looking head”
Matty, I think the warning shots was referring to the flash bomb things. The English wasn’t brilliant and I would have thought the reporter might have managed to turn it into something interpretable, I guess that involves thinking skills, and you don’t necessarily learn those in a journalism course.
I believe Paul Watson 100%.The Japanese Whalers have armed coast guards aboard and rifles are used to finish off hapless whales that thrash around too long in agony. I think the above Kiwis don’t like Watson because he’s effective whereas the New Zealand Government is as effective as a limp slap over the wrist,and most Kiwis don’t really give a stuff about Whales,like most in the developed World money is GOD. Which ever cretin talked off Watson being strung up by piano wire,if he had another brain it would be very lonely.The Japanese are the pirates not Sea Shepherd as evidenced by their outrageous rip off of Southern Blue Fin Tuna,which for 20 years they overfished by three times their agreed quota and lied to the World.With creeps like the above,the Japanese can laugh at us,and they do.You don’t like Watson because he’s a real man not a cringing sycophant.Reading the above rubbish means I’ll never call myself a Kiwi. The fact is Sea Shepherd is the only effective anti-whaling movement.The author of this blog is patronising with his hands up kiddoes who believe Watson-what a cheek!!!I won’t be returning to this so called blog bye.
Jack if he had been shot with a rifle he’d be in hospital. At a minimum with a couple of broken ribs.
Your grasp of how vests stop bullets seems to have come from a commando comic.
If we need someone to tell us how we feel about whales we’ll let you know. To the best of my knowledge no one posting here has recieved any money from Japan. My cheque certainly hasn’t arrived.
As many of us have pointed out this pirates (a legal definition) activites are harming the anti-whaling cause. This rather indicates we have more of a concern for the effectivness of getting the japs out of the South Pacific rather than some kind of global capitalist cabal who dine on raw whale meat and freshly clubbed seal pup every Saturday evening chuckling over how much lot we get from the exercise.
The random flinging around of labels does nothing to strengthen your position. Watson seeks out and attacks – physically – other vessels on the high seas with the stated intention of damaging and disabling them. Now a quick flip through the Geneva convention and its associated treatys and/or rules of warfare etc etc (see the passage of merchant ships amendment 1928) we seem to find that sort of thing is regarded in a time of war as being a “war crime” while at other times to be “an act of war” or “piracy”. The penalty for which is… lets see… summary execution to be ordered by the captain of the vessel that captures them. A little archaic but that piano wire noose is looking a little closer. Of course these days we’re alledged to be civilised so we hual the buggers of for a trail and release after various rights groups bitch about them being oppressed because they’re asian (see “piracy in the south china sea up by 10% over 2006”).
What doesn’t seem to covered is whaling ships going about “harpooning whales”. The name of the type of vessel seems to indicate a degree of confidence that its at least semi-legal. Indeed the documents do rather indicate that it is perfectly legal regardless of how aborent the locals (and probably the whales) find it. The fact that the japanese have lied their asses off about their intentions (haven’t seen much by way of results of their “scientific research other than sushi) is also not actually covered in any detail in said treaties and associated documantation.
Watson is not effective, he hasn’t saved one single whale meanwhile he has provided the japanese media machine a bucket full of PR disasters for them to use as pro-whaling propaganda. I do not advocate the paino wire hanging of Watson but if he was hit by a bus (a honking big ocean going one) I would see it as a step forward.
If there are anti-whaling/protest ships in the area and there happens to be a grey funnel line rep in the area then the japanese are entitled to its protection with Watson doing what he is. However if they paly it clean and the japanese so much as turn a hose on them then they get to find out if the Australian Navy issues idle threats. Last time they went head to head I seem to recall that the japs came second. Tokyo bay, USS Missouri. It was in all the papers.
I am gratified that you are by your own definition that you are not a kiwi, it gives me hope for real kiwis. The ones who can think beyond their own myopic short term wants.
“Jack if he had been shot with a rifle he’d be in hospital. At a minimum with a couple of broken ribs.”
Dead right. That bullet has been fired thru some kind of shock absorbent material before it came to rest. I suspect it was fired into the badge and vest at a time when they were covered by some other substance and Watson wasn’t wearing them.
Here is an excerpt from Paul Watson’s Wikipedia page:
Watson says he incorporated his own personal experience in writing the book. He also expresses disdain for truthfulness in the pursuit of environmental protection goals:
“The nature of the mass media today is such that the truth is irrelevant. What is true and what is right to the general public is what is defined as true and right by the mass media. Ronald Reagan understood that the facts are not relevant. The media reported what he said as fact. Follow-up investigation was “old news.” A headline comment on Monday’s newspaper far outweighs the revelation of inaccuracy revealed in a small box inside the paper on Tuesday or Wednesday.” 
Watson was explicit on this score: “If you do not know an answer, a fact, or a statistic, then simply follow the example of an American President and do as Ronald Reagan did—make it up on the spot and deliver the information confidently and without hesitation.” This has been noted and reported by the news media. In a subsequent book, Ocean Warrior, Watson reiterated this view, saying: “Survival in a media culture meant developing the skills to understand and manipulate media to achieve strategic objectives.” 
I wonder if this idiot ever stopped to think that admitting that he lies pretty much renders his strategy of lying useless?