Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
Al Gaston’s letter about Paul Watson (Sea Shepard) represents a point of view that is rapidly changing. Years ago some people were shocked that anyone would use force against the activities of the fishing industry. Perhaps they were unaware of fishing’s many disastrous practices, or didn’t care much.
With hindsight we see that at the time the term eco-terrorist was applied to quite the wrong party. Now we know better, including the fact that no government would act, leaving it up to Greenpeace and Sea Shepard to bring the world’s attention to illegal and unsustainable fishing activity. In this respect, Mr. Watson and his cronies probably are heros, despite Mr. Gaston’s unexplained misgivings.