Kesshni Bhasiin writes on behalf of the Chosun Ilbo.
“The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want.”
This statement made by President Harry S Truman is descriptive of the given situation. The seeds of the totalitarian North Korean regime have been nurtured by the misery faced by the Korean people and the strong want to turn its Southern counterpart communist as well.
The blood spilt during the Second World War on the streets of Pyongyang and Seoul has only just dried, and the hearts of the people have only just begun to heal. The trauma is still fresh and the wounds are still raw, and it is in these grave times that the questions arise- is going to war over an ideological difference really the need of the hour? Is establishing supremacy over one another by using sheer brutality really so important?
The death toll is rising every hour, Korean citizens are turning into refugees every minute, and the global concern about the spread of communism is growing every second. Seoul is no longer under the control of The Republic of Korea; the Korean People’s Army has entered and established a stronghold deep within South Korean territory- the Peninsula is landlocked.
The Soviet Union under Stalin, the United States of America under Truman, North Korea under Sung, and South Korea under Rhee all stand amidst what appears to be an increasingly violent and drawn out conflict.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, backed by the Soviet Union, needs to rethink its policies and comply with the requests of the United Nations Security Council. Withdrawal of their troops back to their side of the 38th Parallel sounds like the perfect solution, but under the influence of their own misery and want, it seems too distant a dream.
What remains to be seen is whether the North Korean cabinet- which plays a key role in either stopping or accelerating this war- chooses to facilitate world peace or forces the non-communists to change their policy of resistance and immerse themselves in what promises to be a bloody battle?