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Bush Wants Military to Keep Order in Bird Flu Pandemic Scenario

docta seuss

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CBC News

U.S. President George Bush said Tuesday that in event of a bird flu pandemic, American troops would be the best solution to enforce quarantines.
Indonesia has called for international support in fighting bird flu which the World Health Organization has warned could mutate into a form that spreads easily among humans, possibly triggering a global pandemic that could kill millions.

Speaking at his first full-fledged news conference in over four months, Bush said aggressive action could be needed to prevent a potentially crippling U.S. outbreak of a bird flu strain that is sweeping through Asian poultry. Many experts fear it could become the next deadly pandemic.

Bush said he has asked Congress to give him the authority to call in the military, if state and local authorities are unable to contain and deal with such an outbreak.

The President has already indicated that he wants to give the armed forces the lead responsibility for conducting search-and-rescue operations and sending in supplies after massive natural disasters and terrorist attacks. This notion could require a change in law.

Dr. Irwin Redlener, associate dean of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and director of its National Centre for Disaster Preparedness, said this would mean martial law in the United States. He said Bush's suggestion is an "extraordinarily draconian measure" that would be unnecessary if the nation had built the capability for rapid vaccine production, ensured a large supply of anti-virals like Tamiflu, and not allowed the degradation of the public health system.


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I think that the Administration's predominant ideology is one where the public is viewed as generally incompetent yet pliable -- willing to be enslaved, provided they are fed well enough to stay fat.

The decision to introduce the military into increasingly ambiguous circumstances of civil unrest is really just the natural fallout of that ideology and it appears that, as of yet, the American population is quite willing to submit.