Global crisis: Calls intensify for international military response to Ebola

September 2014AFRICA As the Ebola epidemic threatens to overwhelm response efforts in West Africa, calls for international military assistance are picking up. The medical charity Doctors Without Borders called on world leaders to send military units with expertise in biohazard containment to combat the worst outbreak of the virus on record. The European Commission’s humanitarian arm (ECHO) is also calling for military medical intervention to combat the epidemic, including U.S. Army and Navy Seal protection teams. But ECHO health adviser Jorge Castilla-Echenique warned of the high financial costs involved in a “M.A.S.H. like operation” in an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation. U.S. Army mobile surgical hospitals have the capacity to serve as fully functional health facilities, but they do not come cheap, he said. With many major carriers, including British Airways, suspending flights to the worst-affected countries, military forces might also set up “air bridges” needed to move personnel and materials to West Africa and within countries where travel restrictions and quarantines have affected mobility.
More than 3,000 people have been infected with Ebola across Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal. The World Health Organization estimated up to 20,000 people could be infected in the next six months. The death toll from the epidemic in West Africa has surpassed 1,900 people, the WHO’s chief said Wednesday. Less than a week ago, the death toll stood at 1,552 people. More people have now died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic than in all previous outbreaks combined (1,590, according to WHO). –Washington Post
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2 Responses to Global crisis: Calls intensify for international military response to Ebola

  1. omanuel says:

    Unfortunately, governments are not prepared to deal with emergencies like this because they have purposely destroyed the integrity of government science.

    Why? CHAOS and FEAR of nuclear annihilation after Stalin’s forces captured Japan’s atomic bomb plant in late August 1945 convinced world leaders to:

    1. Take totalitarian control of society

    2. Forbid knowledge of the source of energy that destroyed Hiroshima


  2. niebo says:

    Considering the cutbacks that our military has endured and continues to face, I for one am not too keen on the idea of ANY European Commission on anything volunteering to put any of our dwindling forces on the front lines of this particular battle. I recognize that we have treaties, etc., and are members of NATO, but the last thing that the US needs is for a large percentage of the “projected 20,000” to be US soldiers, especially when so much trouble is brewing elsewhere.


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