Aquaman Returns

I’m picturing a Navy Seal-turned environmental activist turned loose in a zany Carl Hiaasen plot. I don’t know much of Peter Bethune’s background, but he sure comes off here as one righteous bad ass.

Bethune’s new organisation is based on fledgling local chapters of volunteers around the world, plus a six-man mission team. But where campaigning fails, as a last resort, that team will take direct action.

“In extreme cases, we need to go and catch these people, document what they do,” he says. In the case of illegal fishing, Bethune says “I have no problem going in and sorting it. We will board and take control of a vessel”.

How would he do that? “I am not going to give away our tactics but it’s not hard and I have got a pretty special groups of lads – they are not a bunch of vegans.” What are their backgrounds? “You can use your imagination.”

5 Responses to “Aquaman Returns”

  1. Hannah says:

    “I am not going to give away our tactics but it’s not hard and I have got a pretty special groups of lads ““ they are not a bunch of vegans.” What are their backgrounds? “You can use your imagination.” Hmmmm, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles???

  2. JohnB says:

    Hmmmm. Going armed with the intent to board and take control of vessels. Sounds like “Piracy” to me.

    I expect that he and/or his compatriots will get shot and Greenpeace will cry all the way to the media. So much for claims of “non voilence”.

  3. It appears you are both neglecting to note he’s talking about illegal fishing.
     

  4. JohnB says:

    So piracy is all right if you approve of the cause?

    I wasn’t ignoring the illegal fishing, I was pointing out what his methods are going to be. The only word that can be used to describe the act of civillians boarding and taking control of vessels is “piracy”.

    If he and his group are given legal authority to act by the nations whose waters they want to work in, then that is fine and I’ll back him.

    But acting without that legal authority makes him as much a pirate as those pricks around Somalia.

    Steven, your morals might be flexible enough to excuse criminal acts, but mine aren’t. I call a spade a spade.

  5. Hannah says:

    Steven, you are not really saying that two “wrongs” makes for a “right” are you? and the “goal justifies the means” argument is always such a slippery slope”¦:o) the classic here of course being the “terrorist/torture” example.
    JohnB, couldn’t agree more. I recently went to a talk by Niall Ferguson (a historian) about how the West historically had developed six “killer applications” that the rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the Protestant work ethic. Interestingly, he highlighted the existence of law and of the law being followed as being a major factor in the West succeeding.

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