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Greenpeace accuses Japanese over collision
Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 01/09/2006 | Unknown

Posted on 01/08/2006 12:42:29 PM PST by oxcart

Greenpeace has accused the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru of deliberately ramming its boat, the Arctic Sunrise, in the Southern Ocean before steaming off at high speed.

The anti-whaling activists say they tried to contact the Japanese whaling boat shortly before they clashed.

Greenpeace says none of the 25 crew on board the Arctic Sunrise were hurt and the boat is still seaworthy, despite receiving some damage.

However, a statement from the Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research says the Nisshin Maru was deliberately rammed by Greenpeace.

Greenpeace expedition leader Shane Rattenbury says his captain tried unsuccessfully to contact the captain of the whaling boat.

"We radioed them when we realised they were on a collision course with us," he said.

"My captain spoke to them over the bridge, we received no reply and we've had no further communication since.

"After the incident the Japanese ship turned and headed off directly north at high speed and sailed straight away from us."

Greenpeace says the Arctic Sunrise had been observing activists onboard inflatable rafts before the collision.

Those activists had been painting the words "whale meat from sanctuary" on the side of a Japanese supply vessel.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Crime/Corruption; Japan; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ecoterror; ecoterrorism; ecoterrorists; envirnomentalists; greenpeace; gwot; ratcrime; ratviolence; wor
Poor babies got a dent in their boat...shame the Japanese whaling boat did not cut them into.
1 posted on 01/08/2006 12:42:30 PM PST by oxcart
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To: oxcart

So... they got rammed while vandalizing another boat? Poetic justice.


2 posted on 01/08/2006 12:47:23 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: oxcart

I have visions of John Belushi with his sword in action.


3 posted on 01/08/2006 12:55:04 PM PST by boomop1
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To: oxcart
Good going, Tokyo! Next time, ram them harder.

Tenno heika banzai!

4 posted on 01/08/2006 12:56:14 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: oxcart

One of the tactics that Greenpeace uses is to put themselves in the path of the fishing ship. Thus forcing the fishing ship to change course and preventing the fishing ship from accomplishing its mission. I guess it didn't work this time.


5 posted on 01/08/2006 12:59:37 PM PST by fini
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To: oxcart

Where they painting in English or Japanese? Doesn't do much good if the recipients of the vandalism don't know what the hell you are talking about you lousy hippies.


6 posted on 01/08/2006 12:59:46 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: boomop1

AZO!!!!


7 posted on 01/08/2006 1:05:06 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our troops at home and abroad!!)
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To: oxcart
Maybe we can get the French involved, since they already know the drill.

(1) Sink the enemy (Greenpeace) Ship

(2)Then surrender, apologize and pay them off.

8 posted on 01/08/2006 1:07:03 PM PST by SmithL (Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Lift up your gates and sing, Hosana in the highest! Hosana to your King!)
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To: oxcart

"We radioed them when we realised they were on a collision course with us," he said.

It remains to be seen who was the burdened vessel,
a maritime court will settle it.


9 posted on 01/08/2006 1:09:04 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: oxcart

So the Artic Sunrise becomes the Artic Sunset?


10 posted on 01/08/2006 1:13:14 PM PST by SouthTexas (2006 will be a very good year.)
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To: oxcart

Where is Yamamoto when you need him...

Oh right, KIA 1943. Damn.


11 posted on 01/08/2006 1:14:25 PM PST by SteveMcKing ("No empire collapses because of technical reasons. They collapse because they are unnatural.")
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To: oxcart
Greenpeace has accused the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru of deliberately ramming its boat, the Arctic Sunrise, in the Southern Ocean before steaming off at high speed.

"Get Off of My Cloud" - The Rolling Stones.

12 posted on 01/08/2006 1:18:13 PM PST by EGPWS
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"Greenpeace has accused the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru of deliberately ramming its boat"

Greenpeace didn't realize that the Nisshin Maru was a sister ship to the Kobayashi Maru -- it was a no-win situation.

When Greenpeace received the message that the Nisshin Maru had struck a gravitic mine in the Organian Neutral Zone and had lost power, hull integrity, and life support, that should have been their first clue.

13 posted on 01/08/2006 1:18:18 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: oxcart
For the sake of appearing even handed, I would love the two opposing versions of the same incident. Although I am unalterably of the opinion that on the high seas, if you create a collision scenario, you deserve whatever happens to you, up to and including being torpedoed!

Grenpeace idiot morons!

14 posted on 01/08/2006 1:19:42 PM PST by Publius6961 (The IQ of California voters is about 420........... .............cumulatively)
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To: oxcart
…they tried to contact the Japanese whaling boat shortly before they clashed…

"No speakee Anglee, roundeye."

15 posted on 01/08/2006 1:32:27 PM PST by solitas (So what if I support an OS that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.4.2)
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Hit'em Again...


16 posted on 01/08/2006 1:42:35 PM PST by JustAnotherOkie
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To: solitas

Fishing boats under the flag of Japan should now have one of those ramming thingies on the bow. Just for self defense mind you. We really do not want to see anybody get hurt do we? How about 16 inch guns for warning shots?


17 posted on 01/08/2006 1:43:27 PM PST by Dawggie
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To: oxcart

Its apparent Green peace dosent know the rules of the road. They obviously disobeyed the rule of "Mass domestic tonnage" i.e. if its bigger than you get out of the way.


18 posted on 01/08/2006 2:07:46 PM PST by Little_shoe ("For Sailor MEN in Battle fair since fighting days of old have earned the right.to the blue and gold)
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To: oxcart
Some twenty five years ago the greenpeace folks unrolled their banner from one of the 200' smelter stacks at the mine in Arizona where I worked. They then proceeded to bus protesters in from Tucson to provide additional pictures and quotes for the newspapers and adoring television cameras.

After a few days, and following rumors that locals were seriously considering shooting the sob's the company rolled out the converters in the smelter at night, applying a good dose of gas to the smokestack sitters and getting them down within 15 minutes. It was a good thing since shooting the sitters would not have garnered the good press it would have deserved.

19 posted on 01/08/2006 2:23:27 PM PST by JimSEA (America cannot have an exit strategy from the world.)
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To: oxcart

Frogmen always do a better job. 8^)


20 posted on 01/08/2006 2:25:45 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: NY Attitude

Chalk one up for Japan.


21 posted on 01/08/2006 3:00:21 PM PST by buck61 (luv6060)
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To: buck61

Yes, these fools at Greenpeace always are pushing others around. They don't seem to bother the French much anymore.


22 posted on 01/08/2006 3:08:58 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: oxcart

Memo to Japanese boat: Take better aim next time.


23 posted on 01/08/2006 3:12:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: oxcart

What a racist statement! I am sorry but saying Asians can't drive is just over the top racism. Shame on Greenpeace!


24 posted on 01/08/2006 3:12:54 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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To: oxcart
,,, the boat is still seaworthy,,,,

Very embarrassing to the Japanese, the French sank a Greenpeace ship.

25 posted on 01/08/2006 3:16:27 PM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: oxcart

All the Japanese will have to do at trial is show hour after hour of videotape of the greenpolice intentionally playing bumper-boats in international waters. The greenies have absolutely no credibility on this issue.


26 posted on 01/08/2006 3:32:49 PM PST by wyattearp (The best weapon to have in a gunfight is a shotgun - preferably from ambush.)
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