http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Glob...lodges-piracy-charge-against-Japanese-whalers Were the Japanese sailors justified in clipping off the bow of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's new boat? From the article: The video clearly shows the Maru turning toward the Gil in the moments before the collision. The Japanese sailors were also spraying the crew of the Gil with a water cannon at the time, very probably impeding the crew's ability to tell that the Maru was heading straight for them. But on the other hand, I think the sailors may have been justified in intentionally ramming the protesters anyway. The SSCS brags about all the ships it has sunk, and in this case it was clearly trying to damage the Maru, possible to the point of endangering its crew. Thoughts?