Sociology Professor Susan Sered approves of the United States' sending aid to African nations coping with an Ebola epidemic, but, in an article on the Common Dreams news site, she writes that a response based in military operations and language is concerning.
"The newly declared 'war on Ebola' troubles me on several levels. First, I’m not convinced that sending uniformed troops to regions that have suffered excruciating armed conflicts over the past decades is a move designed to inspire trust or hope among the local population," she writes in the article "Why Can't US Help Solve Ebola Outbreak without 'Waging War' and 'Sending Troops'?"
"Military organizations and military culture are not the best way to respond to human suffering. Our America inclination to frame social problems in terms of war underpins our troubled history of crusades to stamp out vices and diseases (the two words often are used interchangeably) ranging from alcoholism to obesity to cancer. Declaring war on disease sends the message that the sufferer is somehow at fault and wars on disease too easily turn into wars on those who embody the disease. ..."