Saturday, February 17, 2007

Irony, Thy Name is Nisshin Maru

The Nisshin Maru, Japanese whaling vessel, is dead in Antarctic waters after a fire that's killed one crewmember, and currently refusing assistance from...wait for it...the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza. (Full story at BBC here.)

What an interesting polarity here: on the one side, the law of the sea, which demands you render aid. On the other, the Japanese desire to not lose face.

There is also some concern from New Zealand that pride may goeth before a leak, here, and the Ross Sea is a sensitive area, ecologically speaking.

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