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Originally posted by mengzhi at 2008-1-18 13:16
A Whale of a Time. ...
This whole issue of Japan's whaling, presents a real conundrum for people who think like Mengzhi.
On the one hand, you have the dirty cro-oked Japa-nese who are out killing whales, surely that's a good excuse to condemn the nasty Ja-ps.
On the other hand, the Jap-anese whaling efforts are being opposed by the dirty croo-ked Australians who are acting just like ra-cist Europ-eans by projecting their own values on to Asian nations.
What to do, what to do ?
It's a tricky situation and I feel for Mengzhi's conundrum, criticise the Japa-nese (like all good patri-otic Chi-nese who won't forget Nank-ing) and you appear to be supporting the Australians colo-nial mentality against the asians.
Criticise the Australians, and you could be seen as supporting whaling, or worse still, supporting Ja-pan.
It is difficult and that's why Mengzhi has raised this issue here, so he can incorporate ideas on how to best slam the filthy Japs and the filthy white Australians without being seen to support whaling, or to be insulting Asian values.
Well, I'll help out, this is my view.
Large scale commercial whaling should be banned for a number of reasons (intelligence of whales and cruelty being the major issues)
I do not hold the vast majority of Japanese people responsible for their whaling industry, but I feel that some right wing Japanese figures are using whaling as a demonstration of nati-onali-sm and to try to unite people against foreign influence.
While Australians and the Australian government has been careful to separate whaling from our otherwise excellent relationship with Japan, there will be some people (ironically more likely on the left of politics) who will call for broader sanctions. I do not support that.
I do not support those who seek to taint all Japanese as supporting whaling.
This issue has to be handled sensitively by all concerned t avoid ethnic stereotyping and racism. Already we've seen one "pro whaling" video on youtube which uses racist language against non-Japanese (but this could possibly be being used to discredit Japan)
So, on the whaling issue, my message is, don't use it to criticise the ordinary people of Japan, or Australia.
As far as the Sea Shepherd crew is concerned, well there's too many dickheads among them for my liking, but charging them with piracy is ridiculous. Vandalism or other criminal or civil actions, fine.