Angelina Jolie is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In her speech “Refugee system breaking down”, she says:
“And third, it would be naive to think we can protect ourselves selectively alone from the challenges in a globalized world by pulling away from other countries or peoples. As with any global problem in the 21st century, uncoordinated national responses are not the answer. An unstable world is an unsafe world for all. And there is no barrier high enough to protect from such disorder and desperation. If your neighbor's house is on fire, you are not safe if you lock your doors.”
So true. And in the globalized world, we are all neighbors whether we like it or not. It's illogical for you to stay in your house in the first place. Sooner or later, that fire is going to reach your house too. You'd better get out and do something to stop that fire!
However, the solution is not taking arms and fighting back, as so many people suggest the ones fleeing war should be doing. The fire in the world can only be put out by making a radical change in the things that kindle fires.
What are those things that kindle fires? For one, it's a mistaken belief of belonging to a certain group of people that has been inoculated among the masses: that is what's at the roots of nationalism. Those who want to rule these masses need to divide people and they do it on the grounds of pride and fear. The other is the crooked economic system we live by. At the root of course, is man's nature, the greed, be it for material things or for power and domination. However, there is the good too in man. It's a matter of proportions. Injustice is the key element that enforces the bad in the people who are already proportionally bad, and it triggers the bad in the people who are proportionally good. Then, no wonder, we have the world burst in flames.
PS: Please read the full version of the analysis of this speech.