Regarding the Oct. 4 news article “ More Republicans call for travel bans because of Ebola”: Do those folks crying for a shutdown of flights to countries most afflicted by the Ebola virus really think that would stop the epidemic, there or here? America has more expertise and resources to halt this plague than anyone else. Barring flights would only keep essential help from reaching the infection’s heartland. Ebola would spread farther and faster than ever, out over that vast continent, potentially from Cairo to Cape Town.
Would the (mostly) GOP fear-mongers bet on the odds that Ebola wouldn’t next make the short jump to Asia and Europe? If it did, would they halt all travel, by air or sea, between “us” and “them”?
Back in 1943, Republican presidential aspirant Wendell Willkie published a best-seller “One World” that cost him dearly with his party’s isolationist right wing. In today’s globalized world, it’s beyond disheartening that so many in that party still believe a “fortress America” either possible or desirable.
Most of them no doubt are churchgoers. Did they never hear of the “Golden Rule” and “my brother’s keeper”?
In 1943, one world was emerging. In 2014, it’s here. No man is an island, and there’s no place to hide.
Ann T. Berry