Covid-19 and the language of war

25 March 2020 | General News

Dr Adrian W J Kuah, Director of the Futures Office at NUS and Senior Research Fellow from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS and Dr Bernard F W Loo from NTU opined that the language of war when used in the context of fighting a pandemic would lead to frustrations because it implied a clear-cut definition of what victory or defeat looked like and an expectation that the post-war world would resemble the pre-war normalcy. They noted that one could use the language of war to mobilise society and its resources, but to not go overboard with it lest it became actual warmongering.