JCC:ROK: Achilles Heel


Ananya Jain of Komsomolskaya Pravda writes on South Korea’s stronghold in the committee and how the committee’s weakness may lead to major obstacles later on. 

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

In a whirlwind of un- moderated caucuses, hollow promises and baseless suggestions, the second day of committee came and went; the delegates being torpid for the better half.

Continuing from the happenings of the previous day, news arrived that the South Korean protesters rallying in support of Communism were headed by regional leaders, whose current whereabouts had been found out. Instead of doing the blatantly obvious, the Minister of Transport deemed it “counter- productive to assassinate the leaders,” and suggested hydrogen cyanide to “make the people lethargic,” saying that the UN would withdraw support should they take to violence. Contradicting his own statement, he further suggested seeing how things unfold, and assassinate the leaders later- if need be. Declarations of disagreement and spats between the ministers ensued. What’s more, the Minister of Intelligence got up amidst heated discussion and said, “If we want to kill them, I think we should have a public execution”. A collective gasp could be heard echoing throughout the room. Well, at least the delegates were in agreement regarding one matter.

It was only after Synghman Rhee gave his ministers an ultimatum, did the delegates wake up to the reality that was staring them in the face. Time to deliberate and to put their colleagues down was a luxury the delegates could not afford. News that the North Koreans had attempted to use white phosphorus to destroy the tree cover near the Pusan perimeter gave the delegates that extra push. The rebellion was quenched, a spy rescued, modes of action discussed and directives passed. Soon, South Korea was able to turn the tables around. With the American pro-democracy rhetoric as their justification, South Korea may very well be on its way to imposing its favoured political ideology throughout the Peninsula.

What further thickens the plot is the fact that North Korea has lost China’s support, and the UN has withdrawn aid from the South.

With all claws out, it is imperative to understand that although it seems as if South Korea has gained the upper hand today, the situation can get reversed tomorrow. In the face of such uncertainty, delegates must recognise that their tendency for inaction and internal spats is their Achilles Heel, and may cost them a lot in the days to come.

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