Truth Is My Sword Volume I -Collected Speeches in the Public Arena
by Bo Hi Pak
The Inevitable Showdown Approaches
May 21, 1985
The following welcoming remarks were made at the International Security Council Conference in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hotel Lotte in Seoul, Korea, on May 21, 1985. The conference chairmen were Admiral George Kinnear, USN (Ret.) and General Osamu Namatame, Japanese Defense Force (Ret.) on the theme, "The Soviet Union and the Security of East Asia." Committed to the primacy of freedom over tyranny, democracy over totalitarianism, and the peaceful resolution of conflict, the International Security Council engaged in the formulation and dissemination of global strategic analysis. Foremost in its tasks was its sustained effort to formulate a comprehensive and coherent affirmative strategy for the defeat of Soviet imperial designs.
Prime Minister Chung, distinguished co-chairmen, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Korea. I am especially honored and proud to welcome all of you to my country. For many of you Korea is not unfamiliar territory. You fought the Korean War in 1950 for the preservation of freedom on this strategically important peninsula. Because of your gallant struggle and that of many other heroic people from 16 different nations of the world, Korea is free today and enjoying economic growth and prosperity.
First of all, before I do anything else, as a free Korean representing 40 million of my people, I would like to salute you and express my sincere heartfelt gratitude. Thank you for saving my country and thank you for attending this conference.
I also represent CAUSA International, the sponsoring organization. As the president of CAUSA, I would like to take this opportunity to offer greetings to you all. Let me say a word about the CAUSA movement. CAUSA is an international ideological effort that was founded in 1980 for the purpose of combating international communism with a positive ideology.
We are at war-a war in which the survival of humanity is at stake. This war will not be fought just militarily. A fundamental characteristic of this war, we feel, is the ideological battle. The enemy of freedom and faith in God regards this as total war, and he feels bound by none of our religious convictions of right behavior. He utilizes everything as a weapon in this war, not only in the military field, but also in the areas of politics, economics, education, communications media, arts, and even sports.
An inevitable showdown is approaching very quickly. It will not be delayed 100 years or even 20 years. It may occur within the next 10 years. In order to win, the tide of communist expansion must he reversed now. What free and God-loving people do now and in the next few years will he decisive in determining the final outcome of this struggle and of the future of humankind.
Since 1980 we have been conducting an educational program in over a dozen languages on all six continents, educating leaders at the grassroots level about the dangers of communism and working to bring about a God-centered ideological counterproposal. Among the many projects CAUSA International undertakes, we feel the International Security Council is among the most crucial because it effectively exposes the strategy being pursued by the Soviet Union. It also devises proper and appropriate political and strategic proposals for the policymakers of the free world, especially those in the United States.
The ISC, as an organization, was born from the concept that the security of nations must be dealt with on a global level. We have come to the clear realization that whether we are speaking of guerrilla wars in Central America, brush-fire wars in Africa, tension in the Middle East, or barbarism in Asia, it all emanates from the same source. That source is the Soviet Union and international communism.
Soviet communists have been strategizing on a global scale from the very beginning. World conquest is and always has been their goal. However, we have been trying to deal with this enemy in a fragmentary way, treating each incident as an isolated event. We frequently speak about national security, but this is simply not enough. The time has come when we must look at our enemy from a global perspective and devise strategy on a global scale. We might call this a total strategy. For this reason the International Security Council has been organized. This is our second international conference and, therefore, we believe we are taking a substantial step closer to the lofty goal of preparing a global strategy against Soviet expansionism and the communist menace.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Joseph Churba and Dr. Martin Sicker, who have been so instrumental in the development of the International Security Council. I would also like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our most distinguished co-chairmen of the conference, Admiral George Kinnear and General Osamu Namatame.
In its short existence, less than one year in fact, we in the ISC have already accomplished a great deal. We have held monthly conferences in New York and Washington that are gaining the attention of the highest level of national and international experts. We addressed the subjects of "The Soviet Union and the Middle East," "The Geopolitics of Southwestern Africa," "The Nuclear Balance," and "The Geopolitics of South Arabia and the Horn of Africa." Last February we held the first international ISC conference in Paris on the crucial subject of "The Caribbean Basin and Global Security." Next month we will gather together in Brussels to discuss "International Security and the Brezhnev Doctrine."
Today it is most fitting and proper that we gather in Seoul, Korea, to discuss "The Soviet Union and the Security of East Asia." The cover of Newsweek International this week is titled, "The Soviets Raise the Stakes with a Naval Buildup in Pacific." This development and the deployment of SS-20 missiles, which can cover the entire East Asian region, are probably among the most crucial security issues we face. We must expose Soviet intentions and strategic goals and awaken the policymakers of free nations to the nature and extent of the threat confronting us.
Here in the Republic of Korea, notwithstanding the prosperity you see all about you, we must face the grim reality that the war on this peninsula never ended. An outbreak of hostilities in Korea could come at any moment. The important point is that if such an event should occur, it will not be isolated from Soviet global strategy.
Therefore, understanding Soviet goals and intentions in East Asia will be most crucial for the defense of this critical region of the free world. For this reason, I am especially excited about this conference. I am also gratified that there are so many military experts and scholars of the highest caliber from around the world participating in it. Particularly pleasing is the knowledge that there are so many military and academic leaders from Korea in attendance.
Once again, welcome to Korea, welcome to our conference. Please have a most meaningful and rewarding experience.
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