Cry Baby of the Day

Paul Watson, founder and President of environmental group Sea Shepherd Conservation

Cry-Baby: Paul Watson

The incident: Eco-Terrorist and fugitive Paul Watson and his little band of pirates had their ships run over by law abiding Japanese whalers going about their legal business in the Southern Ocean.

“The Nisshin Maru has rammed the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, but both vessels continue to hold their positions,” Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which runs the protest boats, said.

Watson also accused Japanese coastguard personnel of throwing concussion grenades at their protest ships during a confrontation in the frigid waters near Antarctica and said the Bob Barker was taking on water in its engine room at one stage. 

The appropriate response: The are laws of the sea and rules of navgation. Paul Watson acts and behaves like a pirate when he deliberately pilots his vessels into the way of Japanese ships on the open seas. He should mount a protest without resorting to violence or dodgy navigation practices.

The actual response: He deliberately places his vessels in danger and when the obvious happens, a Japanese ship runs them over, he wails to the authorities and requests that they send armed Frigates to protect him.

This is the same cry-baby who won’t come ashore in ant reasonable legal juridiction because he fears arrest for crimes in other countries for which there are warrants for his arrest. Now he comes over all hurt and expects other jurisdictions to protect him and his law-breaking.

Paul Watson is little better than a pirate, in actions and design, he even flies the jolly roger and his organisation depicts pirate designs. He can’t expect nations to come to his whining and bitching if he won;t subject himself to other laws.

He is dead lucky though that they still don’t hang pirates from the yard-arm.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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