When Our Man was just Our Boy in shorts back in Blighty, he knew two things about the Japanese: they had the super nifty Mitsubishi Zero fighter; and they hunted whales (although not with the Zero, as far as he knew). Since then, the world has moved on and has even been prepared to buy Mitsubishi's products again, but there is still that pesky whaling thing. Let Our Man state unequivocally his completely not-on-the-fence-honest position on whaling: it's not the most moral thing in the world, but then it's no worse than drinking milk with your tea. You what? Bullet time:
- It's morally difficult to justify eating whale meat. It doesn't taste very nice, we have plenty of other stuff to eat and whales are fairly smart creatures who are mammals and therefore somehow morally superior to fish.
- Well, is it any less moral to eat cows? Some say they don't taste very nice, we have plenty of other stuff to eat and cows are fairly smart creatures who are mammals and therefore somehow morally superior to fish.
- Yeah, but we are talking about drinking cows' milk, not eating the darned things. OK, but in order to drink your gold top, your cow needs to become pregnant at least once a year. Only about a quarter of the calves go on to produce milk. The rest are killed.
- So, which is worse, the killing of wild animals for their meat, or the mass murder of generations of cows so Our Man has something to put in his tea?
OK, two wrongs don't make a right, but Our Man thinks he's turning Japanese, he really thinks so, on whaling. It's not good, but is it really that bad? Greenpeace would disagree, but even they have adapted to Japanese sensibilities - Greenpeace softens protest tactics.