I was hoping that the English version of this letter would be available on the internet because I assume that it was the letter's English version that was delivered to the American ambassador. However, I looked for it in vain, and therefore I will attempt a translation of it here.
First something about the ambassador. In the last nine years there have been at least four U.S. ambassadors in Budapest. None of them career diplomats. Three were women, all important fundraisers for victorious presidential candidates: Nancy Goodman Brinker (2001-2003), April H. Foley (2006-2009), and currently Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis. The fourth, George H. Walker III, is the first cousin of George H. Bush (2003-2006). Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis is too new for me to pass judgment on her performance, but neither George H. Walker III nor April H. Foley made much of an impression on me. Nancy Goodman Brinker, however, was an outstanding ambassador who has developed, it seems, a lasting friendship with the country and its people. Among other things she has become a collector and promoter of contemporary Hungarian art.
Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis presented her credentials to the President of Hungary, László Sólyom, on January 11, 2010, and immediately committed a diplomatic faux-pas. She said that Viktor Orbán reminded her of Bill Clinton of twenty years ago. Considering that at the last U.S. elections Orbán was keeping fingers crossed for the Republicans, this was an odd remark from an Obama appointee. In any case, anyone interested in learning a little more about Eleni Tsakopoulus-Kounalakis should read György Lázár's piece in Élet és Irodalom.
On election night Eleni Tsakopoulus-Kounalakis visited the headquarters of the three "democratic" parties that will be represented in the Hungarian parliament. She didn't pay a visit to the headquarters of Jobbik. And here enters Krisztina Morvai, who got mighty upset at the U.S. ambassador's discrimination against her party. Morvai's letter turned out to be a bit long-winded and not without dramatic flourishes, and therefore I won't be able to translate the whole thing. However, I hope you'll be able to get the gist of it.
First, Morvai told the ambassador that it was from the newspapers that she learned about the ambassador's visit to the headquarters of only three parties, the "ones you consider democratic." It seems therefore that "you think that the MSZP is a democratic party although its predecessor professed the ideology of communism that was responsible for the death of 110 million people." By avoiding Jobbik as a non-democratic party, "you offended the victims of communism in addition to approximately 850,000 Hungarian men and women who voted for Jobbik."
"Let me point out to you that your ideas concerning democracy are rather peculiar. In fact, they are outright wrong." Morvai enclosed with her letter a 290-page book in which the Civil Legal Committee, Morvai's creation, outlined all the illegalities of the Hungarian police on October 23, 2006. "I suppose that this volume cannot be found in the library of the embassy because your government and diplomatic corps didn't show the slightest interest at the time of the bloody police terror that took place in the fall of 2006 in Budapest." Then she describes her own version of the events according to which "the police, directed by the government to be rough, shot at the peaceful demonstrators." First of all, it sounds as if the police used live ammunition and not rubber bullets. Second, while there might have been some curious onlookers who got mixed up with the raging mob who in spite of repeated warnings didn't leave the scene, in general her description of the events bears no resemblance to reality. If that weren't enough she goes on about tortured prisoners, show trials, many hundreds of people who were beaten half to death. And so on and so forth. The truth is that serious crimes were committed by the "demonstrators" and thanks to the very lenient courts, especially when it comes to the right side of the political spectrum, practically no one got punished.
"Where was the American diplomatic corps which considers democracy so important during these shameful events, Madam Ambassador? Please check why the American Embassy didn't answer the letter of the Civil Legal Committee in which I asked the American and other western diplomats to raise their voices and use their international authority and condemn the Gyurcsány government." Moreover, according to Morvai, the Americans are guilty in some other ways as well. They let the Gyurcsány and Bajnai governments rob the country blind, said nothing when they used "Israeli water cannons" to disperse peaceful people demonstrating on behalf of 100,000 hungry children, and let the Hungarian government imprison innocent people. "You consider a party democratic that trampled on all the values of democracy, on freedom, on human rights, and on human dignity?"
In addition to her book, Morvai also sent a copy of Jobbik's program which, according to her, demonstrates that Jobbik is the only party in Hungary that most clearly supports democratic principles. "You seem to be bothered by the unarmed Hungarian Guard that came into existence in self-defense at the time of police brutality." Then come a few interesting sentences. She compares the Hungarian Guard favorably to armed security companies hired by multinational companies or, even more interestingly to "a unified European police force" that is under consideration and which, in Morvai's opinion, lacks the approval of the peoples of Europe.
Then Morvai touts her credentials. She spent a year at the University of Wisconsin as a Fulbright visiting lecturer and subsequently four years in New York as an expert on human rights at the United Nations. She knows the American people, and she is sure that "they demand the representation of American ideals from you. They have the right to know which way their diplomatic representative in a former communist country behaves. They ought to know that you visited a party that is the successor to those communists who shot out innocent people's eyes. They ought to know that by your visit you may have increased this party's acceptance by the people." Therefore she is making this letter public in Hungarian and in English via the internet. She especially wants this letter to reach Hungarians living in the United States. She will ask them to give their opinion about the decision of an American diplomat to call MSZP a democratic party.
Can anyone imagine Ms. Morvai as the president of the Republic of Hungary, the post for which her party nominated her? As it is, she is an embarrassment in Brussels.