Some 1,000 American troops have been sent to Africa to help in the fight against Ebola. Plans are to send as many as 3,900. As with others who care for Ebola patients, these military men and women risk catching the disease themselves. And then they will come home. So the Pentagon is requiring all troops that have been part of this mission to be put into a 21-day quarantine upon their return.
This is a commendable duty on the part of the servicemen and women who are risking their lives–as they do in so many other ways–to protect others. And yet, is this a proper task for our military? They are trained to fight human enemies, not viral ones. I suppose many of those sent over have medical specialties, but still, this seems an odd use of our military might. Is this a violation of vocation? Also, the danger to them and to those they return to is considerable. Again, I honor these men and women, and I commend our country’s efforts to battle the disease in Africa, and maybe the military is the only manpower that can be easily accessed for the job. But still. . . .What do you think? [Read more...]