Monday, February 23, 2009

If I Were an Australian Journalist...

...I would want to produce an in-depth portrait of Ishiba Shigeru, the minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, whose ambition to become Prime Minister probably stands in the way of the Japanese government's accepting a compromise being worked out by the International Whaling Commission that would allow the resumption the small-scale coastal commercial whaling of Minke whales in return for a phasing out of the research whaling hunts in the Southern Ocean.

Just so the Bruces and the Sheilas could find out how smart folks around here can still support pelagic whaling, walking away from a compromise, when the status quo is a net economic drain, logically indefensible and hurts Japan's image.

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