During this grand speech, unfortunately, the Delegate of India, Chile, and Lebanon all found it more useful to catch up on beauty sleep. Following this, the debate was centered on trying to determine whether or not the information Kennedy provided was reliable or not. Delegate of the United Kingdom aggressively argued that, being a worldwide broadcast, the information must have been factually correct as it was also supported by aerial shots clicked by U2 spy planes. The next 20 minutes focused on the number of articles both the United States and the USSR had breached as a result of the crisis, and in the end, the committee came to a consensus (excluding the United States of course who at this point looked exasperated and confused) that the United States had breached many more articles of the UN charter than had the USSR.
As the session progressed, the Chair necessitated and encouraged the quiet half of the committee to speak in the moderated caucus. Big on charity, the delegate of United Kingdom yet again performed a mutual act of kindness, “I would like to remove my name from the Speakers List to give other delegates a chance to speak, and informally, I would like to clarify that I am not trying to suck up to the Chair.” This was greeted by a flamboyant applause by the fellow delegates. The Chair, taking it all in a sense of good humor, remarked “I will pretend those words never reached me”. Towards the culmination of the session, the Chair aptly pointed out that many emotions were “clouding judgments” and hindering ‘fruitful debate’. As a result, the Chair allowed the committee to take out time to meditate-as long this didn’t involve religious chanting.
And finally, sighs were received from a majority of the committee when the motion for adjournment of committee was passed.
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