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General Assembly Holds Plenary Crisis Discussion(1)

By Siow Jia Wei, The Wall Street Journal

Published: 18 Mar 2019 - 09:19 PM

The United Nations General Assembly has convened after sudden reports that Japan would be pursuing a nuclear war as retribution for the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which changed the world as we knew it, bringing an end to the Second World War. Shortly after that, in quick succession, a turn of events revealed that the presumed-dead leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, was alive. The reports revealed that he was the one behind the assassination of Konrad Adenauer, chancellor of West Germany. After the assassination, an internal uprising by ODESSA, an underground Nazi organisation, allowed him to seize control of West Germany. He then stated his demands from the world. Firstly, he wanted the reunification of East and West Germany. Secondly, he wanted all reparations Germany was paying out to be stopped at once. Next, he demanded the return of all territories once owned by Germany. Finally, he required all countries who used German forced labour to stop those activities immediately and to pay compensation to Germany. If any of these demands were not met, then he mentioned, the world would have to prepare for war, possibly even nuclear war.

Whether it was a coincidence that Germany and Japan made such bold actions and statements at the same time, or it was planned and discussed by their respective governments was unclear at that point in time. However, with so much at stake, the United Nations General Assembly convened in hopes to prevent nuclear war or even war to happen.

The Assembly convened first to allow representatives of countries to speak for themselves and express their own views to the other country’s representatives. From that session, many countries revealed their stances in the crisis. A polarity soon developed, especially among major powers where the victors of the Second World War (i.e. the Allied Forces) showed clear contempt and disgust that the atrocities committed by the Axis Powers could be justified and that they deserve reparations. An example would be the United Kingdom stating that what Japan was even suggesting was “abhorrent and would result in Mutually Assured Destruction”. Mutually Assured Destruction is a relatively new term made possible by the advance in nuclear weapons. Usually, when wars are fought, the victor will be able to take away spoils of war from the defeated party. However, during a nuclear war, if enough nuclear weapons are used there will be nothing for the victor left to take. Nuclear war almost assures complete devastation of the cities and villages, urban areas and rural areas, developed and undeveloped areas of both parties whether victor or vanquished. This is the so-called Mutually Assured Destruction where, literally, destruction is assured.

On the other end of the spectrum would be countries expressing their absolute and unwavering support for Adolf Hitler and/or the nuclear war Japan hopes to achieve. An example would be Argentina expressing unfaltering support for the rise of Adolf Hitler. The representative from Argentina stated that whatever Germany was demanding was justified. He also condemned the United States of America for having such expectations of nations that were struggling to get on their feet after the war, especially for the “leader of the free world”. Up till now, there has still been varied views and stances on the recent developments and demands put out by both Germany and Japan. Can the Assembly reach a consensus whereby war can be avoided? Or is war, possibly a nuclear war inevitable?

A nuclear warhead primed and ready to fire.

A nuclear warhead primed and ready to fire.