Within the pandemic scenario, political discourse, relying on resemblances amidst pandemic and war exceptionalities, is full of comparisons between the pandemic and wartime, and between the vaccine race and the arms race. Those, more than alarming, act as a tool to justify the sovereign’s exceptionality in the internal realm and intensify the hostility in the external. On the one hand, in the national sphere, these analogies may induce unnecessary irrational panic since the state of exception serves itself as a justification. On the other hand, in the international sphere, even if the pandemic exceptionality doesn’t generate a hostile conflict, strategy, as conflict’s ethics, should keep an open eye whenever the COVID-19 pandemic serves to promote a war language, which associated with the categorization of the otherness, might lead to actions that reveal an intensification of the hostility, like in the Chinese-American relation.
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