Gloomily enough, Iceland hasn’t been content to be merely a global failure and laughingstock for its finances. It also has to pathetically stimulate its economy by hunting whales – and illegally smuggling the meat out. Is there some sort of causal connection here? Maybe. What is amazing about the modern whaling fishery is that some of the most civilized and modern countries, such as Japan and Norway, indulge in this most barbaric and ugly sort of marine exploitation.