Before I deal to the latest whines from Bethune, first I’ll share this document which a reader sent to me.
Note Paragraph 11 which states:
11. The Ady Gill must not interfere with vessels of the Japanese whaling fleet i n ways that may entail risk of collision or other consequenc that might result in marine pollution and with it risk of more than a minor or transitory effect on the Antarctic environment, as well as risk to human safety
This was in the official Ministerial notification to Sea Shepherd.
We all know what happened of course – there was a collision – which is exactly what Sea Shepherd wanted. They have a long history of collisions, and we now have it confirmed that they have no problems lying to further their cause.
But the Herald also reports a statement from the PM in response to Bethune’s whining:
At a press conference today, he said Foreign Minister Murray McCully had instantly sided with the Japanese, saying he should have known what he was getting himself in for by boarding the vessel. …
Mr Bethune should remember that he got himself into the situation, Mr Key said.
“He had a letter that said ‘I do not want to be taken off the boat under any circumstances and I do want to be taken to Japan’ and he was.
And further to this, Paul Watson is quoted as saying:
“I think what the Japanese have on their hands is a hot potato and they’re going to want to get rid of it, because this is going to make Pete Bethune a national hero in Australia and New Zealand and a hero for conservationists worldwide,” he added.
Watson also mentioned that Bethune is fully prepared to engage the Japanese court system and state his case that what is happening in the Southern Ocean is wrong. “I’m prepared to go all the way, I’m prepared to do whatever time it takes,” said Bethune.
So McCully was absolutely right that Bethune knew exactly what would happen, when he boarded – he wanted it to happen. He is whining about someone telling the truth – a foreign concept it seems.
And as further proof, we have this story from after when he boarded but before he was arrested:
“Sea Shepherd anticipates that the Japanese will hold Captain Bethune as prisoner onboard the Shonan Maru 2,” the group’s statement added.
Personally I think Bethune should be sent a bill for the cost of all the consular assistance he got.Tags: Murray McCully, Peter Bethune, Sea Shepherd