In late March, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced, “We are at war with a virus that threatens to tear us apart.” Similarly, during a news conference on the U.S. coronavirus response, Donald Trump said he viewed himself as “a wartime president.”
It’s not the first time a U.S. administration has declared war on a thing, rather than a country. President Lyndon Johnson introduced the War on Poverty in 1964. Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs, and George W. Bush pursued the War on Terror. America has also waged war on cancer and the Ebola virus.
It can be tempting for leaders to employ such rhetoric, whether to bolster their own popularity or to galvanize public response.… Seguir leyendo »