At least I should be thankful that I have the day off today and so I can stay in bed, more or less.
In other news, I did not participate in the campus-wide walkouts scheduled for yesterday. And then I got a paper from one of my students that convinced me that I made the wrong decision. It was all about him being sick and tired of "everyone blaming the US for all the people who die in Iraq each year." Not only does he place the blame for the joint US/UK military embargo squarely on Saddam and Saddam alone, but he also said that all these dead Iraqi civilians, had they lived, would have gone on to develop anthrax and nuclear bombs and become "terrorist psychopaths" (that's a direct verbatim quotataion, by the by).
I have no words.
And apparently, nobody else can see how big of a fallacy it is to say "If you don't agree with American policy, you should go to another country." For the record, it's called an "either/or fallacy," because it implies that there are only two solutions to a problem; in this case, you can either agree wholeheartedly with everything the government does, or you can go away so Good Decent Americans don't have to be offended by your dissenting opinions.
I should also like the record to reflect that most people who oppose the antiwar movement and say "If you don't like it, go to Russia" (or whatever) were, during the Clinton administration, the same people who said it was not only a sacred right but a patriotic duty to disagree with government policy (particularly when it came to gun laws and welfare, but that's a whole different story).
The difference, of course, is that Clinton was a more tyrannical president than Bush is. Because Bush, even though his administration is piledriving new levels of paranoia and fear on the American people, and even though his government is syping more and more on American citizens, isn't doing anything to keep you from owning guns.
(And to all those who tell me that the Patriot Act is dragging us surely down the road to a fascist police state--isn't this exactly the sort of problem that the private ownership of firearms was supposed to prevent in the first place? Gosh, it's working real well, isn't it!)