Not a lot to interpret here. Just a very pretty love song from this New Zealand band, written, it’s nice to know, by lead singer Don McGlashan for his wife. With a nautical theme, to please us Maritimers:
As the compass turns
And the glass it falls
Where the storm clouds roll
And the gulls they call
The video is an unusually faithful cover version created by an all star group of New Zealand artists as a fundraiser to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the Rainbow Warrior, the famous Greenpeace protest flagship, in Aukland harbour in 1985. The ship was slated to interrupt a nuclear weapons test that France was planning to conduct at one of its Pacific colonial possessions, the atoll of Moruroa in French Polynesia. At the time, France was still obstinately conducting above-ground atmospheric tests, which the Americans, British and Russians had agreed to abandon under the Limited Nuclear Test Ban treaty of 1963, owing to their extremely nasty ecological effects – hence the Greenpeace protest. The prospect of these impertinent whale-coddling tree huggers getting in the way of their serious national security business angered French policymakers to the point that they sent their intelligence operatives to blow a hole in the Rainbow Warrior’s hull, in an operation code-named, appropriately enough, Satanique. There is much to debate when considering the merits of nuclear weapons policy and the need for an independent French deterrent force, but the attack on the Greenpeace vessel, which resulted in the death of photographer Fernando Pereira, was state-sponsored terrorism, pure and simple, for which far too few of its perpetrators ever saw the inside of a prison cell; two of the operatives who did the deed were apprehended and served a little time, but of course the architects in the policy community protected themselves with the usual cover-up, and while Defence minister Charles Hernu was eventually forced to fall on his sword, President Francois Mitterrand, who personally authorized the mission, eluded all consequence.
France did eventually pay reparations both to Greenpeace and the family of Pereira, and in 2015 Jean-Luc Kister, the French secret service agent who led the mission, publicly apologized to Periera’s family on New Zealand station NZTV, asserting, as so many have before him, that he was just following orders.