By Cheryl Chin, Channel NewsAsia
Published: 19 Mar 2019 - 10:13 AM
A panorama of the United Nations General Assembly, empty after the missiles fell
The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) discussed the actions to be carried out on Hitler’s intention to reunite Germany and receive reparations, as well as Japan’s plan to start a nuclear war as retribution for the destruction caused in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The delegates of the General Assembly had differing views from the beginning on whether it is right for Germany and Japan to seek revenge after World War 2. Various delegates have agreed with West Germany and Japan’s motives as they suffered much after their loss in World War 2. For instance, the delegate of Argentina thought that the war was a ‘direct attack on German sovereignty’ and that it was ‘justified’ for Germany to request for demands like former German territories to be returned. The delegate of Siam supported Japan and its demands for war reparations, wanting to ‘push for world peace’ but understanding the need for violence on Japan’s side. On the other hand, delegates from other countries, especially those from the Allies, have objections with Germany and Japan due to the implication that a third world war could occur from this conflict. The delegate of the United States of America expressed that both Germany and Japan ‘threaten the international community’.
The General Assembly proceeded to share about their views on Hitler, which caused polarity to occur again. The delegate of Guatemala mentioned that Hitler ‘is not a war criminal, but is a benevolent leader’ who wishes to ‘support his own people’ after the damage caused from World War 2. Conversely, the delegate of Greece commented that ‘Hitler is a threat to the UN’ and suggested for him to be ‘sent to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for war crimes’. There were a group of delegates, recognising that both Germany and United States, which disapproves of Hitler, are war criminals. The Mexican delegate expressed that the United States are in the wrong for the ‘slaughter of Native Americans’.
As for the resolutions, the council was too divided to come to a consciences for the demands of Germany and Japan as well as their punishments. The delegate of the Philippine Republic proposed for the ‘bombing of Tokyo to finish Japan once and for all’. The delegate of Yugoslavia wanted a more peaceful solution and reminded other delegates of the need for the issue to be ‘approached diplomatically’. As time went by, delegates of different countries like China and Czechoslovakia realised the need for ‘negotiations’ and requested that nations stop ‘calling another one war criminals’. However, in the midst of the discussion as a compromise was about to be made, Germany and Japan launched thousands of missiles, targeting many world cities and killing many people. Little remain.