Destroying the bottle, not the cork

In the last episode, Jacob handed the MiB the bottle of wine to pass the time. Earlier in a discussion with Richard, Jacob had talked about how the cork kept the bottle closed and that the island was like a cork. Instead of taking off the cork, the MiB destroyed the whole bottle by smashing it on the log. Protecting the cork will do little good if the bottle has been broken, so is it possible that the MiB is not lying when he says the island doesn't need protection, it's everything else that does.

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