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The Plenary Crisis

By Jasper Ang, The Wall Street Journal

Published: 18 Mar 2019 - 08:35 PM

When World War II came to an end, the effects of its aftermath could surely be observed through the Plenary Crisis. This crisis involved a few problems, which included how reparations would be conducted and what was to be done regarding the return of Adolf Hitler, all of which required resolutions to them.

Firstly, starting off with the discussion on how reparations ought to be carried out, Yugoslavia stated that they condemn anti-semitism and reparations by Germany from World War I should continue and former territories of theirs should not be returned to them in contrary to what Adolf Hitler demanded. On the other hand, Japan, having been bombed twice by USA, demanded reparations from them. In addition, Japan felt that it was unfair that they had to compensate other countries despite what USA did to them. However, the USSR had a different stand, stating that no solutions would materialise, for the ideological divide between countries had to first be solved. Poland instead believed that all reparations by Germany and Japan are justified as the sufferings other countries had received are to be accounted for.

A picture of Adolf Hitler.

A picture of Adolf Hitler.

Next, discussions on what was to be done regarding the return of Adolf Hitler were made. The USA claimed that Adolf Hitler was a war criminal, having killed 6 million Jewish people, and that an international warrant of Hitler through interpol was ought to be made. However, after listening to what USA had to say, Argentina and Mexico claimed that the USA was hypocritical. They moved on to say that if Hitler was a war criminal, that would also make the USA a war criminal for dropping atomic bombs on Japan twice and having committed genocide against native Americans. Belgium then expressed deep concerns towards the second rise of Hitler, as they were first attacked by Nazi Germany in World War II, with their Jewish population being decimated. Luxembourg then vaguely proposed for a compromise. Uruguay, with the same stance as USA, did not want the council to take rash decisions and wanted to uphold diplomacy by arresting Adolf Hitler. With similar perspectives, Greece proposed that Adolf Hitler be sent to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to de-escalate the issue, for Hitler was a threat to the United Nations and had to be contained and eliminated as fast as possible. However, Australia was against the incarceration of Hitler as a war criminal as this would escalate tensions even further. Australia thus proposed postponing the incarceration of Hitler until, vaguely stating, other problems are solved.

Unfortunately before the council could come to a decision as to how to settle these issues, Germany and Japan launched multiple missiles and nuclear bombs around the world, which killed everyone.