Reaction is running stronger in Australia in response to Japan's arrogance.

The following article in the Australian made this point very clear:

Call for Whaling War on Japan
December 29th, 2008
(http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24850610-30417,00.html)

Former Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell, a passionate anti-whaler, has accused the Rudd Government of "running up the white flag" on its efforts to stop Japanese whaling.

Anti-whaling campaigners say they have driven the Japanese whaling fleet out of Australian Antarctic waters into New Zealand's.

Mr Campbell, a board member of the hardline Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, yesterday called on Canberra to "go to war with Japan" on the whaling issue.

The Labor Government had gone soft on Japan and needed to quickly restore clout and credibility to the International Whaling Commission, the former Liberal senator said.

Mr Campbell said he opposed taking legal action in an international court and the use of Australian Defence Force assets in the whaling standoff with Japan.

"I want them (the federal Government) to have votes at the whaling commission," he said. "I want the whaling commission to be controversial and uncomfortable for the Japanese.

"I want this Government to go to war on this."

At the last meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Santiago, Chile, Environment Minister Peter Garrett let the Japanese whalers off the hook by agreeing with them not to vote on any resolutions. The only thing they agreed to vote on was to condemn the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society actions in the Southern Whale Sanctuary to protect whales.

Captain Paul Watson and former Environment Minister Ian Campbell attended the meeting in Santiago and were both appalled at the lack of initiative and resolve demonstrated by the IWC attendees who allowed the Japanese delegation to walk all over them for the first time.

"Ever since that meeting, the Japanese have been emboldened by the weakness they saw on the part of the Australia, New Zealand, and American delegations," said Captain Watson. "They now feel they can do whatever they desire in the Southern Ocean. Australia may have a claim to the Australian Antarctic Territory and it may say so on the nautical charts and the maps but the reality is that Japan has laid claim to this territory in practice and has taken the position they can do with it whatever they desire. The charts should be redrawn to reflect this as the Japanese Antarctic Territory because clearly the Australian government is not interested in defending the sovereignty of their claim."

On December 20th, the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin caught the Japanese fleet hunting for whales in the Australian Antarctic Territorial Economic Exclusion Zone. Australia has no patrol boats in the area to monitor trespassing or to enforce conservation or fishery regulations.

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