A raging anti-Semite will be Hungary’s ambassador in Rome

Late Sunday night the media learned that Péter Szentmihályi Szabó, a mediocre poet and political commentator of the far right, will be Hungary’s next ambassador to Rome. Two opposition parties, Democratic Coalition and Együtt-PM, immediately protested against the appointment, pointing out that over the last two decades the nominee has been publishing in such far-right papers as István Csurka’s Magyar Fórum, Kárpátia, and Nemzetőr. Currently, he has a regular column in the far-right Magyar Hírlap and is also a regular on Echo TV, another far-right organ.

Tibor Navracsics and Péter Szentmihályi Szabó The foreign minister is delighted

Tibor Navracsics and Péter Szentmihályi Szabó
The foreign minister is delighted

There were commentators whose “breath was taken away” when they heard the news of Szentmihályi Szabó’s imminent ambassadorial appointment. A blogger expressed himself more strongly: “Viktor Orbán happened to appoint a rat to be ambassador to Rome.” One thing is sure: Szentmihályi Szabó is an inveterate anti-Semite. Pure and simple. So, it is a rather ironic Orbánite gesture to appoint such a man to an important post in the Memorial Year of the Holocaust.

I could hopscotch from article to article penned by this man, but perhaps it would be more useful to translate one of his memorable pieces that appeared in Magyar Fórum on December 14, 2000.

Meet Viktor Orbán’s choice for ambassador to Italy.

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Péter Szentmihályi Szabó : The Agents of Satan

I don’t know, I don’t understand why they hate us so much. They live here in Hungary, they speak and write in Hungarian, but they loathe us. I really don’t understand why they stay if it is that bad here, in this welcoming country that is so foolishly patient. It is not difficult to recognize them because they are cowardly and impertinent at the same time. Money is their God, their mother tongue in which they have trusted from time immemorial. Dark circles under their eyes, flabby skin, clammy palms, cold feet, freakish smiles give them away. They can be found everywhere on the earth. They are the agents of Satan. They arouse fear and they live off of fear. They create turmoil and discord. They are constantly packing, yet they don’t leave. Are they foreign spirits whose mission is to destroy the local communities? International criminals who, following Marx and Lenin, decided to enslave mankind? Eternally homeless folk condemned to be constant wanderers? They are the debt collectors. The ones who first figured out that money “works” without labor although there are no goods behind the merchandise, only a piece of metal, a piece of paper, or by now only a digital symbol on the computer. Everybody is afraid of them, yet they dread those who fear them. The world’s strongest army guards their security, and yet they still don’t dare to get close to those whose rights they defend so loudly.

Pharisees, hypocrites, agents of Satan. They are in every party, in every church, in every community. They are ready for every betrayal because they are empty. They have no God, no nation, no people, no homeland, no Weltanschauung, only bank accounts. They don’t even have families, only temporarily. Their families are replaceable. They use everything, but nothing is theirs. And they clearly realize that. I am listening to the naive official statements about the forthcoming law on Hungarians living in the neighboring countries. One can hear the mistaken centuries-old notion being repeated: “a Hungarian is one who considers himself to be a Hungarian.” Oh my Lord, any member of any reasonably cultured nation would have a hearty laugh hearing this! Is someone who calls himself an Englishman, a Frenchman, a German, an American actually an Englishman, a Frenchman, a German or an American? In that case, our Roma in Strasbourg would have abandoned us a long time ago…. The agents of Satan are the devotees of globalism; they are not attached to their names, to their firms, to their own homeland. They have no attachment, only bank accounts. They are born traitors because they have never had their own country. They are in every radio and television station where they bray among themselves speaking in a nasal sing-song way and slimily blurring their r’s. They live off their fears. They are professional worriers. They are internationalists and cosmopolitans. Faithful friends of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Lukács, and György Aczél.

Descendants of Rákosi, the jailers of the “guilty” Hungarian nation. Members of the State Security forces, members of detachments, worker guardists. Approximately 200,000 people who call themselves Hungarian who have not cleared out of the country yet because after 1989 they realized that the stupid Hungarian people don’t harbor vengefulness. The two million former unskilled laborers understand only the demagoguery of MSZP and SZDSZ. Viktor Orbán is the same target as József Antall or Péter Boross, or for that matter István Csurka were.  The agents of Satan play games with us and have a grand time at it. They slap us in the face and call us to account that we, in an intolerant and very unchristian-like manner, don’t turn the other cheek. They are the ones who are most indignant when somebody tries to put an end to the greedy acquisition of Hungarian real estate by foreigners; they are the ones for whom abortion and drugs are human rights. They have more than one passport, preferably the kind that has no extradition treaty with Hungary–security foremost. They live in castles, they have servants, but they are great friends of the homeless, the Roma, the needy. From a distance and only in words. If they see some gain in getting involved with Hungarian issues, like, for example the millennial celebrations, then they reluctantly join in. They think everybody can be bought, because they themselves can be, always by the kilo. They are greedy, envious, evil–and ugly. Countenance is the mirror of the soul, but their mirror is a tarnished one. They are callous. Condemned souls for whom there is no resurrection. It is likely that Satan bestows such agents on all nations, ones who not only prey on them but also lecture the nations as if they were stupid primitive domestic animals. Hell is waiting for their return.


  1. Fidesz business as usual. After all, since Germany invaded Italy in 1943 according to Mz Schmidt’s logics Italy was a victim of WW2. The time of the commie-liberal enforced shame is over. They now deserve a diplomat that can teach them what’s right.

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  2. From Sz’s opus:

    1977: “Raw prayer to the Communism”


    2007: “Hungarian Guard”


    He also predicted, in 1996, Orban’s second coming in his Nostradamus

    (Notice: the dedication was written in Alcsut!)



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  3. I mut expand on tappanch’s quote.

    The quote is from

    Szentmihályi Szabó Péter’s original poem.
    Obviously he created this literary gem prior to accusing the Jews being the “International criminals who, following Marx and Lenin”. The later was written in 2000, but in 1977 he was praying for communism which he called “my pure love”. (No kidding he bet on Orban!)
    pure translation that followed all the punctuations, and words

    Szentmihályi Szabó Péter (Hungary’s Italian Ambassador’s poem from 1977)

    Raw prayer to Communism

    Where are you idling, Communism
    my happiness, my pure love?
    Our happiness, our pure love.
    The cart of abundance! The table of the law!
    The spiritual light!
    Eat, drink, hug, sleep
    Measure yourself with the infinite!
    Instead of exclamation marks
    question marks falling on us,
    I known it is not urgent.
    Just like the apocalypse, only
    to the prophets:
    your unrealisation
    does not cause sorrow to many.
    Where are you idling communism?
    The productive forces, the relations of productions,
    rattling machines,
    and the conscience… subconscious
    the state does not want to fade away.
    Where are you idling communism?
    Spring follows Spring,
    my children-eyes blink old;
    communism, you, promised,
    strain your every muscles,
    shake off the parasites.
    Communism, grow, my little child.

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  4. That is just horrible, reading that. He should not be anywhere near public office or diplomacy, much less an ambassador.

    And to think that people were upset over Obama’s ambassador picks!

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  5. The next step: get some DNA from Szalasi’s grave and clone him for some nice position as ambassador of the Viktorian Hungarian Empire. And if for some reason this does not work, Vona is available right now!

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  6. The appointment is only part of a deeply troubling development, which has started with the arrival of Szíjjártó, a political commissar and Orbán’s right-hand man to the Foreign Ministry.

    What we can see is the deliberate weakening of Hungary’s positions in the European Union.

    These include:

    – decapitating the EU State Secretariat at the Foreign Ministry, as two of its heads (Enikő Győri and Bálint Ódor) have been fired. They will become ambassadors to Madrid and Ottawa respectively. Their replacement is in limbo.

    – Szíjjártó’s plan to merge the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU with the bilateral embassy in Brussels.

    – in the European Parliament, Fidesz MEPs with solid professional background (Béla Glattfelder on agriculture and Csaba Őry on employment) have been replaced with ethnic Hungarians from the neighboring countries without any professional and inter-cultural background. One such new MEP from Trans-Carpathia for example used to be a primary school teacher in Ukraine..

    These appointments all serve the purpose to severe and weaken Hungary’s relationship with the West in general and with the European Union in particular.

    There should be no Western authority dictating the Dear Leader what to do in Hungary.

    In general, Orbán does not recognize and respect personal and institutional autonomies below himself and does not tolerate any authority above himself.

    Applause in Baku, Moscow and Astana…

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  7. OT.
    Yesterday we attended the demonstration at Szabadsag Ter. It was a moving experience, speeches, one of them Demsky, and and a couple of artists. At the end orange paper airplanes were thrown at the sculpture (which is hideous). Lendvai Ildiko also was there. Lots of police around.
    The demonstrations will go on, daily at 5.30.

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  8. He is a good soldier, always serving the powerful, that’s all.

    The powerful people were communists pre-1990, and they are right-wingers since 1990 (the left-wing parties even when they were governing after 1990, were too weak, inconsequential and too carefree for the tastes of a disciplined soldier).

    This kind of personality trait is valued by many people, so he is ordered to do *diplomacy* now. What’s the surprise?

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  9. In a way it’s funny:

    Just when you thought that the idiocy of the current government couldn’t become any worse – they prove by their actions that there is still a more idiotic thing to do …

    The pictures of that hideous monument are making people laugh all over the world …

    And the written words of the new ambassador will hunt him and Orbán for a long time!

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  10. “And the written words of the new ambassador will hunt him and Orbán for a long time!”

    I don’t think so- he has been appointed because of his anti-semitism not despite it.
    It is a calculated insult to the Jews of Hungary and a further desecration of the memory of all those lost in the Holocaust.

    But does Orban really care what civilised people and governments think of him?

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  11. D7 Democrat, spot on. And I don’t want to start the conversation, but I guess it will eventually lead to it, is Orban antisemite after all? Oh, no, he is not. See, he just doesn’t like “the Jews” because they cause him inconveniences. But he hates all such people, so it is not about “the Jews” per se. Well, anyway, he showed “the Jews” among others that he will cause Mazsihisz to self-destruct (essentially realizing a script written by Jobbik – but assisted by “the Jews” themselves of course) and then rearrange the Hungarian Jewish power-money structure. The point is: it is he who decides about it. Nobody else can have a say, not even “the Jews”.

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  12. London Calling!

    This man is doolally tap. Dangerous.

    But maybe when he stands and delivers on Echo TV maybe the viewers can see how mad he is?

    (Some hope.)

    Like the idiot who delivered the “Hungarians as Martians” that mutt (I think) posted recently?

    This ambassador is one more contributor to the laughing-stock that Hungary has become – and will be put on display on the international diplomatic circuit.

    Talking of madness:

    Orban is dangerously close to becoming a ‘Putin’ – his role model.

    Putin has not had any real contact with the public since the early 90’s and has lost touch with real life. Imagine – he hasn’t a clue about the internet and the global information, for example about what’s happening in the Ukraine. So he can sow and believe the many preposterous conspiracy theories he gets – he only gets intelligence reports that are from loyal agents that feed him with what he wants to hear – which the loyal TV media feed to the public.

    And the loyal public believe all the conspiracy theories even if they don’t ‘gel’.

    One of his conspiracy theories had a conflict about how high a fighter jet could fly. So one of his agents corrected it by altering Wikipedia with the ‘correct’ information – such is their loyalty and his isolation. And ‘communism’s’ malleable truth.

    Many world leaders who meet him, it is rumoured, are astonished how he gets simple facts wrong and puts forward astonishing theories that they are too polite to challenge. Apparently he throws a real wobbly if challenged.

    Sounds like a doolally Orban slowly going mad in his Sandor Palace.

    O/T Margot only paper planes, no eggs? Thanks for the information.



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  13. Shocking…

    Perhaps we ought to print out this article and send it to newspapers, embassies etc with the note “Why is the author of this Hungary’s new ambassador to Italy?” A rare instance where we can perhaps make a difference…

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  14. The Felcsutian plans of Orban are carrying on anon. Why the surprise? Orban is ‘in-your-face’ to jews local and international at all times. The rabid Hungarian anti-semites glory in it. How will this man every be replaced in this godforsaken country? The rabble, as in 1944, can smell the imminent departure of jews and they can, once more, loot jewish wealth and abandoned homes.

    As for Orban’s surreptitious plans…he continues to needle and throw it in the face of civilizing Europe, in order that the comeback punishments can later be pointed at innocently as ‘unfair attack on the sovereignty of mother Hungary’. The plan is to justify to his minions Hungary’s necessity to eventually remove itself from an unfairly intimidating Europe. And the people will swallow it because everything goes down well with large doses of anti-semitism.


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  15. HiBoM: “we ought to print out this article and send it to newspapers, embassies etc with the note “Why is the author of this Hungary’s new ambassador to Italy?” A rare instance where we can perhaps make a difference…

    Hear, hear! Wherever possible, we shouldn’t just be posting (mostly anonymously) to HS. Those of us in the West (sic) should be posting to the media, to bring these mounting abominations into the open.

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  16. The Szabó essay that Eva has posted is completely consistent with the perspective taught in Hungarian Catholic and Lutheran churches in the USA on the nature of Communism from the 1930s through the 1980s. I would suggest that if one visits the Mindszenty Museum in Esztergom aspects of Szabó’s fanatical anti-communism can be seen in the thinking of that Primate of Hungary and Archbishop of Esztergom. The Cardinal is also a significant figure in the House of Terror Museum. Unlike Szabó, Mindszenty was not anti-Jewish in a racial sense, but Jews were of course condemned because of their failure to accept Jesus as savior.

    In our church I recall very well that we had a showing the 1950 film Guilty of Treason, which was, in part, based on Mindszenty’s personal papers, and starred Charles Bickford as the cardinal. It was followed by a presentation that in many respects was very similar to the one Eva has posted by Szabó. The speaker was not a fool and had read Mindszenty’s writings which have been available in English since the 1970s, but not back then. Anti-Semitism was not a central theme in the anti-communism of Mindszenty, but I think it was by some American-Hungarians that propagated the cult of Mindszenty. The toture he endured was described in great detail to ten year old Hungarian-American children, his suffering was explicitly compared to that of Jesus.

    We also need to recall that the second Vatican Council was portrayed by Hungarian Catholic conservatives in the USA as the innocent or conscious tool of the communist world conspiracy depending on how far right the priest was. So I find Szabó completely comprehensible, I think left liberal Hungarians find him shocking only because they were not raised in a culture of Christian conservatism.

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  17. @Margot: Thank you very much for being part of some form of Orban’s B.S. resistance. Unfortunately some people even on this blog cry and type away from their computer that no Hungarians do anything to “rebel” against Orban. There were always groups that went out to the street to protest, and a very few readers/commenters of this blog did participate in various events. If you could come back and tell us time to time what is happening at the “monument of lies” that would be great! Thanks again! (I hope Eva would not mind that OT posts.)

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  18. OT Just read that the cost to “protect” the ugliest monument of Budapest, the “monument of lies” is approximately 11,000 euros a day. If it goes well, by September the security cost will reach almost a whopping 500,000 euros. At the same time there is no money coming in from the EU as that faucet was closed in April as we all remember, because of the creative ways how Hungary’s Fidesz government allocates the money received.

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  19. @Some1

    It must be easy to launch piercing criticisms from the cushy confines of Etobicokia.
    Here, in the hotbed of tribal government, the tools of government intimidation run from tax office to police harassment… and lord knows what else–maybe Kertesz in Montreal can fill you in on it.

    In any case, as we’ve seen with the leftish political parties, the opposition is riddled with betrayers ever and anon. Perhaps, from time to time, a little round-seated discussion can be arranged for housewives to attend once the daily washing is hung out to dry. I saw some such when visiting the glorious monument on Sunday. Though suspecting the worse, my wife and I attended–it seemed, somehow, a little like attending Kristallnacht. (What jew would want to miss it?)

    No shattering glass, just the deathly silence of mincing civilizing principles.

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  20. 11,000 Euros of my tax money being thrown every day at that statue ???

    If that’s true, then that alone would be enough information to topple any normal government.

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  21. Could someone please translate this beauty into Italian as well? I wonder what the new Italian “non-partisan” government will say about him.

    The irony is that the prime minister Matteo Renzi, the president of Italy, Giorgio Napoletano and most ministers are from the PD party (that is ex-communists, however Italian ones). On a side note, they certainly remember in particular who Georg Lukacs was. Napoletano was even the buddy of György Aczél when they both have been the secretaries of the respective CC. As far as I remember they clearly supported each other against the more hard-liner leadership of their respective parties.

    I wonder if the Italian president could turn down the appointment of this person as a Hungarian ambassador? If the US could do it with the guy from the Iranian revolutionary guard, why Italy can not do the same with this fellow?

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  22. OT:

    Nokia/Micorsoft is closing its factory in Komárom and nobody there would blame the government. “The opposition cannot offer us anything either.” Not that it would have had anything to say about he issue of altogether 2,000 job losses. If anything, the leftist opposition is still associated by the working class with free markets and untamed capitalism, so the government will at least help defend them against the foreigners (as its image). Fidesz is popular all over Hungary and the democratic opposition is despised and feared.


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  23. petofi
    July 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    It must be easy to launch piercing criticisms from the cushy confines of Etobicokia.
    Here, in the hotbed of tribal government, the tools of government intimidation run from tax office to police harassment… and lord knows what else–maybe Kertesz in Montreal can fill you in on it.

    Dear Eva, I would like to ask you to stop Petofi’s constant harassment toward me (and others), and his obsession wit the details of my life (as previous “facts” he made up about me). WHat next? Will he publish my name and address? Just like the Jobbik. How befitting.
    For the record, I do not live in Etobicoke, and never lived there.
    Also, I am not sure if he is using the same crack as our Toronto mayor or what but I never supported the current Hungarian government, as well as personally wrote letters to my MP in order to support Kertesz. Although there is freedom of expression deserved by racist as Petofi too, but his maniac obsession with me start to worry me. I did not use my real name because fear of the Orbans and Jobbik, but now I am worried about Petofi, who obsesses about where I am, and what he thinks I am thinking.

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  24. Bowen
    July 22, 2014 at 10:09 am
    11,000 Euros of my tax money being thrown every day at that statue ???

    If that’s true, then that alone would be enough information to topple any normal government.

    I found that number (in forints) on NOL. As we know since Orban is out to push everyone who writes about his government in an unfriendly way, I am convinced that those numbers must be right on, or Nepszabadsag would not publish it. http://nol.hu/belfold/birodalmi-sasos-emlekmu-napi-35-millioert-orzik-l-simonnak-kellett-volna-avatni-1475559

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  25. The Italian Embassy in Budapest is fully aware of Péter Szentmihályi Szabó’s background- it will be interesting to see the reaction of their foreign ministry when this despicable nazi arrives to present his credentials.

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  26. @Some1 I agree with you. In addition, I find it odd that his vitriolic anti-Hungarian generalizations are tolerated on this site. Such broad negative stereotypes regarding other groups would not be tolerated on this site.

    He often has interesting things to say. He could be asked to do so in a more polite and respectful way.

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  27. We must not listen to petofi. Everyone should come together to criticize the Hungarian government, not only those who live in Hungary. That kind of thinking belong to the Jobbik and Fidesz. Without Eva (who does not live in Hungary, and send her criticism from “cushy confines of Bethany”) we would have no HS either. petofi is disrespectful, and very boorish sometimes.

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  28. Dear Eva,

    I must protest the viscerating attack of Some1. I haven’t mentioned her in at least 2 months so I don’t know what she means by ‘constant’. Also, if I didn’t know that she didn’t live in Etobicoke, than how can I reveal and address I don’t know? She’s really confusing me; and giving me a headache.

    But something more: my wife, an expert in classical literature…on reading Some1, she thought that it was reminiscent of a tale from Boccaccio’s Decameron. My wife thinks that Some1 is obsessing about ME and that she’s attempting to perk my interest by this attack. I have now fallen under her suspicion as inciting Some1.

    She’s threatened to unplug my keyboard if I don’t cease and desist…

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  29. London Calling!

    Play nicely please!

    I particularly like Some1’s contributions.

    And I particularly like Petofi’s contributions – as we have got to know him; his bark is worse than his bite!

    I know some contributors here have been scarred by their life’s experiences – so we can find a tolerant understanding from all sides.

    Whenever I experience, for example, bullying – it is best just to ignore it and just skip that person’s contributions, forever!

    Don’t rise to the bait – and just tacitly claim the moral high ground.

    As I said.


    And play nicely please!

    And don’t go!



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  30. @Istvan:

    I am always interested in your comments, since I grew up in a canadian-hungarian community, and because I know may Hungarians from Chicago. What you write is true to a degree and it is sad that it is so. I know people like that here too, but they are for the most part of my grandparents generation, or “new Hungarians” who are bringing politics into the community and causing problems that didn’t exist before. But that’s another topic.

    Growing up I knew of some people in the community who held anti-semitic views, expressed in the “szalon-zsidozas” way (“zsido de rendes”) but fortunately, at the time, the Jesuits were running the Hungarian Catholic church and did not allow for such discourse. Of course, whatever was said around the dinner table is a private matter. Despite growing up hearing these views, I know that my childhood friends do not share these views, having grown up in a multicultural society and having been exposed to many different cultures and religions in school, and feeling perhaps more connected to being Canadian than Hungarian. Also, just in my little community, most of the catholic families have some jewish grandparent or great-grandparent, so perhaps that also helped.

    The community itself has in a way become more multi-cultural, what with all kinds of intermarriages, and still there is an interest to pass on the hungarian language and culture, which I think is great, and I am hopeful that once this older generation dies out, the antisemitic views some may have held will die out with them

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  31. Dear petofi, Please tell your wife that I would not ouch you with a ten foot pole. All the pleasure is hers.

    Dear CharlieH, I did ignore petofi and as I posted a month also ago when he last obsessed about me, I will keep reading his comments, but the ones addressed at me. I had no interest addressing him ever, but for whatever reason he again posts something addressed to me.(petofi’s wife must scroll up!) I did not read it. A friend of mine who is a regular on the board actually phoned me to bring it to my attention petofi’s comment addressed at me. I did in fact posted something to Eva, not to petofi, where I asked her to stop petofi from harassing me. He has been making many assumptions for example about my gender fro example. I never mentioned on this board if I am a woman or man. I never mentioned if I have a wife or a husband. I spoke about my two kids and my involvement with Toronto communities at the west end.

    The last time I posted directly at petofi I asked him to stop posting to me. He constantly accuses me of being a supporter of Orban and that kind of nonsense. He puts words in my mouth, then he accuses me saying this words later. I want him to stop. I did stop to comment on his posts or address him, so I am not really sure what else I can do at this point beside that I ask Eva to stop this maniac.

    I also would like to say that wit the exception of our know trolls and shills I never had such issues I have with this individual. My opinion sometime differ from others, but I always respected other’s point of view, and I felt the same respect towards me. I am not sure if the same can be said about petofi. I will ignore him again, but he has to stop posting his comments to me.

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  32. OT VOrban Viktor’s son is back to Africa to train the poor African children for soccer. I wonder if that really just an excuse fro him to get away from his father. It is not that he could not do something useful in Hungary if he really has the need to help others.

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  33. I am vouching for Mr. Petofi.
    I would like to clone him 1000 times.
    Ms Some1, great liberal, great moralist, I love you, but you still could take some lessons from Mr. Petofi in determination to end fascist rule in Hungary.

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  34. I am vouching for Ms./Mr. Someone.
    I would like to clone him/her 10000 times.
    Mr./Ms. Some1, great liberal, great moralist, anti-racist, lover of all cultures, races and religions without prejudice, and she can still teach some lessons to Mr. Petofi about acceptance, selfishness, and how to end fascist tendencies in Hungary but not replacing it with elements of other right-wing philosophical elements, like “collective guilt” (non-jewish Hungarians are all bad, Romas are criminals, etc.)

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