Kesshni Bhasiin of The Chosun Ilbo explains the division of nations, and how the committee is possibly leading the situation into destruction.
“We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.” – General Douglas MacArthur, commander of the American forces in the Republic of Korea
Initially, it was with this kind of false optimism- coupled with a sense of despair -that the South appeared to be entering into its war campaign. The DPRK army, as of 1st August 1950, had successfully managed to push the American and South Korean forces to the southeastern tip of the South Korean mainland. With control over all major cities in the Republic of Korea, a significantly larger number of on-ground troops, and the strong support of its communist brother states (the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China), it was as good as guaranteed that the flag of communism would shortly be flying all over the Korean Peninsula. Truth to be told, the American and the Southern forces were just present at the Pusan Perimeter to defend or to die. They were not advancing in another direction; they were simply waiting their time out and hoping that they got to die another day.
It was under these circumstances that Kim IlSung’s North Korean cabinet met and tried to look for a way to finally decimate the ‘bigoted’ Republic of Korea. A couple of hours into the talks, North Korean cabinet ministers were seen publicly claiming that the invasion of their southern ‘brother’ was justified as the North was simply trying to free it from ‘imported and polluted’ foreign influence. The ‘illegitimate’ regime of Syngman Rhee was repeatedly being put to question, and re-unification and eradication of all foreign presence in the South was repeatedly stressed upon.
The National Defence Minister of the North said, “America is trying to divide the hearts of the people and we must not accept this.”
What one finds most ironic about this statement is that even if the United States of America did divide the nation, they did so with a logical reasoning. The North, on the other hand, simply marched in because they could, and effectively forced millions of South Korean citizens to turn into refugees, and fight for their life each and every single day. At this point, there is a simple realisation that plagues me: the anti-communist sentiment prevalent across the Republic of Koreais too strong to ignore. Is it not feasible to believe that even if reunification is achieved, the hearts of the South Korean people have already been divided beyond any hope of reconciliation?
However, all seems to have not gone to plan for Kim Il Sung’s government. Added to its problems, were the problems of the bombing of a Chinese cabinet, and the apparent bankruptcy of the North. In the months leading up to the dawn of the New Year, DPRK lost its decisive advantage bit by bit, and before anyone could comprehend, the South, along with its ally- the United States of America, had regained lost territory and was marching up North. Apart from having to deal with this strong alliance, North Korea is now almost alone with the Chinese Chairman, Mao Zedong, having withdrawn all support from the communist cause. Kim Il Sung’s cabinet seems to have failed him, and tensions are still at an all time high.
As the months have gone by, the North Koreans have become increasingly contradictory of their initial idealism. What was earlier an attempt to reunite ‘brothers’ has turned into a gruesome chemical war.Is it in the nature of a ‘brother’ to bathe his own in a chemical so dangerous that even the slightest contact would melt human flesh? Is it in the nature of a ‘brother’ to massacre his own?
I highly doubt that a government with its rotten communist principles, inhuman policies, increasing executions of its ministers, and clear failure to capitalise on such a huge wartime advantage is competent enough to govern the whole Peninsula. The South currently stands at an advantage under Rhee and its alliance with the United States of America, and this advantage must not be lost, at any cost.
It is of paramount importance that a compromise of some sort must be worked out between both the nations, which furthers both their interests, and does not solely promote communism or capitalism. It is now apparent that the division across the 38th Parallel, by the United States, was not as impractical as it may have initially seemed. The North and the South may be two halves of a whole, but they are poles apart in their ideologies: this difference will continue to limit progress for years to come if something is not done as soon as possible.
The committee trails a path bathed in red; a path that unwinds into oblivion.