“Nationalism masquerading as patriotism”

19/03/2017
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie


Amid a rising tide of nationalism in the West, and the worst refugee crisis since World War II, U.N. Special Envoy Angelina Jolie on Wednesday delivered a forceful speech in defense of internationalism. Speaking in Geneva at the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation, named after the U.N. diplomat killed in Iraq in 2003, Jolie called for citizens around the world to reject the politics of exclusion and embrace their global responsibilities, even if their governments do not.

In a nearly 20 minute-long speech, Jolie — who serves as a U.N. Special Envoy — honored the life of the late UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in Iraq in 2003, and praised the United Nations as a vital forum where countries could come together to seek peace and unity.
But Jolie also sounded a warning note, saying that as an American citizen, she sees a global environment “more troubling and uncertain” than at any time in her lifetime.
“We are grappling with a level of conflict and insecurity that seems to exceed our will and capabilities,” Jolie said, “with more refugees than ever before, and new wars erupting on top of existing conflicts, some already lasting decades.”
“We see a rising tide of nationalism, masquerading as patriotism, and the re-emergence of policies encouraging fear and hatred of others,” she added.
The actress also appeared to criticize President Donald Trump without mentioning his name, referring to leaders who talk “as if some of our proudest achievements are in fact our biggest liabilities – whether it is the tradition of successfully integrating refugees into our societies, or the institutions and treaties we have built rooted in laws and human rights.”
Describing herself as a “proud American” and an “internationalist,” Jolie called for reform at the United Nations so as not to “bequeath a darker and more unstable world to all those who come after us.”
“The challenge is how to restore that sense of balance and hopefulness in our countries, while not sacrificing all we have learnt about the value and necessity of internationalism,” Jolie said. “Because a world in which we turn our back on our global responsibilities will be a world that produces greater insecurity, violence and danger for us and for our children.”
She is not known to be a deep or original thinker; her views reflect fashionable opinions among the establishment left, which is why they are worth noting. She and others like her are framing the acceptance of policies that will lead to the destruction of the West as a moral obligation./.
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Deck Hero14 19/3/17 21:45

She's so right!

Jane smartnic 19/3/17 21:47

because of her popularity she has massive influence among young people

Love Peace 19/3/17 21:49

The rising tide of nationalism is very dangerous to the stability of the world

yobro yobro 19/3/17 21:51

Donald Trump is a mean nationalist

Pack Cassiopian 19/3/17 21:53

From the US, the nationalism is spreading out, especially in the Europe

Only Solidar 19/3/17 21:58

The US in the president time of Donal Trump is different from its original values of democracy and human rights. Now it is America first!

MaskOf Zero 19/3/17 22:00

The world leaders should take actions to stop the tide of nationalism

Gentle Moon 19/3/17 22:03

some politicians elected partly on the basis of dismissing international institutions and agreements

John Smith 19/3/17 22:07

I am a proud socialist and an internationalist.

LawrenceSamuels 19/3/17 22:09

a world in which we turn our back on our global responsibilities will be a world that produces greater insecurity, violence and danger for us and for our children.

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