JCC:ROK: Intense Debating and Reaching Conclusions

Saloni Mirchandani of the Koran Central News Agency talks about how delegates originally failed to work as a committee, but are slowly coming up with solutions and directives. 

You are clearly not working as a team. We need directives passed. They have passed eleven directives when we have passed none.” – Executive Board of JCC:ROK

The Korean war of 1950 has brought about a lot of unrest in both the cabinets of North Korea and South Korea. Divided by the ideologies of communism and capitalism and of course the 38th parallel, Korea has pushed itself into a deep internal war with more external entities involved. The Joint Crisis Committee: Republic of Korea seeks to find ways of gaining peace ‘through’ its victory. The capitalist ideology is being sought to be spread more instead of communism taking over its growth. South Korea is aided by USA and the United Nations. Majority of the members did not want to lose USA’s support due to its supremacy in world politics.

Synghman Rhee’s disappointment of the southern defeat was a matter of concern. All ministers were enthusiastic about putting their points of views forward and emphasis was laid on the morale of the troops. Delegates were also mentioning the need of USA’s forces. The Korean War is between the two blocs of the peninsula and it should be solved between them instead of prolonging it and depending on some other international power. The Pusan perimeter was also an area of concern where there was a deadlock and forces had to be concentrated there.

The protests of the Cheju Island have also been a setback for the ROK. Many suggestions were given out of which most were giving rise to violence. Without enough forces, the cabinet was trying to tackle both the problems of the deadlock and protests with different strategies. Media deception was an intriguing strategy. Warfare is psychological more than physical at times and the current situation is a perfect example for it too but media deception also had chances of backfiring which many chiefs and ministers did not look into. Instead of the North Korean army getting distracted and defensive on learning about South’s plans on attacking with their ‘abundant’ armed forces, it can take offensive action too and make even stronger military strategies.

The JCC had long discussions, debates and active participation of all the delegates but directives were needed so as to take quick decisions to avert the crisis. Where the JCC: ROK had not passed a single directive, the DPRK had passed eleven directives. Finally, the directive of executing the Cheju protest leadership was passed. The crisis had just been successfully averted and the cabinet deserved a break after all the discussions and possibilities put up in the moderated and unmoderated caucus. Then in the round table conference many ideas were shared about making ROK with an upper hand in the war. The Chief of Navy Staff paid attention on capturing Seoul back by which half of the war could be in their own hands. It was a very sensible suggestion as Seoul was a very powerful point of the war. Being the capital of Korea, it played an integral part in the economy and resources of the country. Air strikes could also be helpful.

Another integral crisis arose. The double agent of South Korea was captured and had all the possible information about the military, weaknesses and strengths were with him. He was needed alive and he had information about the DPRK too. The minister of Transport and Logistics advised to air drop soldiers on the watch towers and somehow reach the main prison separated by hills from under the ground. This was like the suicide statement of the south itself. Yet he was very precise about his point and tried his best to make the other members reach out to his vision.it was difficult for the press as well to see his reason. When the agent was probably being brutally tortured, many suggestions were given in the house to bring him safely back. At last; the directive was passed bringing him back safe.

The USA was not providing the Southern Army with enough resources but unexpectedly it lost UN’s support. At the same time, DPRK lost the support of China. It was a major setback for the north as china was a major power.

There was a moment of surprise when an information reached the capitalist cabinet that there was a traitor in the ROK cabinet itself and he had to be identified at all costs. The intelligence minister proved his portfolio by successfully doing the job. It was way too shocking than anticipated as the person convicted was the right hand of Synghman Rhee himself. it was a moment of melodrama and distrust in trust itself as the convict refused to answer  to any enquiry made of him. Yet, he is a member to be trusted and the right hand cannot possibly be of changing loyalties.

After the two mind boggling days and five sessions of intense debating, discussions and heated arguments the members of the cabinet were finally seen to be working as a team rather than individuals. They were finally reaching common directives and courses of action.



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