One of the advantages of academic life is that is forces you to become a citizen of the world through travel and exchange of viewpoints in your area of expertise. You are faced with the fact that many of your colleagues speak a different language. It is amazingly good for you to recognize the differences in nationalities while at the same time sharing common interests.
I remember a case where a young man from an African country with a repressive government, after finishing a Ph.D., returned home where he was subjected to political threats. A group of mathematicians organized a fake conference in the United States to which he was invited and given a round trip ticket purchased by his colleagues so he could defect and probably save his life.
I think that the idea of a war on an abstract noun rather than a nation state is ludicrous, an outpouring of bullshit from Bush Minor, and the tragedy is that the current incumbent of the presidency has been hamstrung by the republican regressives. If a revolution is justified, it is justified to eliminate the undue influence of major corporations over the good of the people.