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The Plenary Crisis

By Jayron Soh, Russian News Agency-TASS

Published: 18 Mar 2019 - 08:17 PM

Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, 1945

Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, 1945

The United Nations General Assembly was split on the issue of acceding to German and Japanese demands from World War II, and diffusing the volatile situation of Adolf Hitler’s threat for a Third World War as well as Japan’s desire to pursue nuclear war.

Western nations such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic underlined the need to pursue the incarceration of Adolf Hitler as a war criminal in order to hold him responsible for the deaths of 6 million Jews, and that the atrocities committed by Hitler should not be forgiven. Hence, the Western nations believed that German demands for German reunification and ending war reparations towards the Jews should not be acceded to, and in fact urged all countries to “enact military action against Germany”.

The Western nations have also taken a stance against Japan’s demands for war reparations from World War II, for the usage of nuclear weapons in the bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which has caused devastating repercussions for Japan and its citizens, killing hundreds of thousands of people.

However, some delegates took a more supportive stance towards Germany and Japan. The delegate of Argentina mentioned that Hitler should not be charged as a war criminal, as none of the US Presidents involved in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been charged. The delegate of Guatemala also mentioned that Hitler’s act of instigating war was to help provide for his people who are suffering from economic instability, and that Germany had a much tamer stance of only engaging in armed combat in warfare as compared to the Americans who used nuclear weapons in their battle against Japan, and thus believed that Hitler should not be charged for his actions.

Some delegates had also urged the UNGA to take a more precautious approach. The delegate of Uruguay stated that despite their belief that Hitler is indeed a war criminal, they also believed that the UNGA should approach the situation carefully as any rash decision made would lead to serious consequences. The delegate of Australia supported this approach, saying that incarcerating Hitler might aggravate him and trigger a third World War.

As the session closed, all sides remained firm on their respective stances. However, before the UNGA could reach a compromise, Germany and Japan launched their massive arsenals of missiles against all nations of the world which thereby sealed the fate of humankind.