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Both sides in the whaling controversy are attempting to enforce their will on the other side, without actually breaking the law. Breaking a law would force the authorities to intervene and arrest the offending party or vessel and take them out of play.
That is why for example that they throw stinkbombs by hand, and why the Japanese use water cannon and LRAD sound projectors - because these things all stop short of the definition of "violence with a deady weapon".
I see two crews of volunteers in 60-year-old vessels that are unfit for sea, risking their lives for a cause they believe in, in the most dangerous ocean on the Earth. Say what you will about their tactics or methods - but these people are in fact risking themselves for a motive they believe in.
It's easy enough for you to sit in front of your computer screen and make fun of them. It's doubtfull that any of you would leave your comfortable existence, give up your job, travel halfway around the world at your own expense, and volunteer your services to protect some animals. Especially if you had to do so in the deadly Antarctic seas in a decrepit vessel that is frankly unfit to leave port.
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