Viktor Orbán is very angry with György Soros, who in late September published a statement titled “Rebuilding the Asylum System” in which he outlined a plan that goes against everything that Viktor Orbán stands for. Soros in that statement offers six suggestions that would result, in his opinion, in the eventual absorption and integration of “more than a million asylum seekers and migrants a year.” But Soros is not the only one on Orbán’s black list. The other culprit is Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany. Though not calling out either Merkel or Germany by name, he noted in his speech on Friday that “it is not correct to invite people into our country and then divvy them up among other nations.”
Ever since Merkel announced at the beginning of September that Germany is ready to accept up to a million refugees this year she has been under attack by the Hungarian right. Magyar Narancs reported on September 17 that an organization that calls itself Honfoglalás 2000 (Conquest 2000) demanded Merkel’s resignation. The organization is a strong supporter of Viktor Orbán and Fidesz. Merkel was accused of being the leader of a country that had already inflicted immense pain and suffering on the people of Europe, including six million deaths, in the course of two world wars. The same country is now in the process of causing a third disaster by inviting Muslim migrants into Christian Europe. The statement specifically mentioned among the victims Jews, Gypsies, and left-wingers. The reference to the Holocaust is no accident. Right-wingers often connect German guilt for the Holocaust with their foolishly generous welcome of strangers from other cultures.
But this criticism has become even more strident of late. By now it is not only far-right sources like hir.ma and alfahir that are calling Merkel practically a dictator for forbidding the German police to report publicly about the alleged 750 incidents that have involved newly arrived migrants. The new, pro-government paper, Magyar Idők, has joined the chorus.
Yesterday two op/ed articles on Merkel appeared in this new mouthpiece of the Hungarian government. One of the authors simply expressed his fervent hope that Horst Seehofer will manage to force Merkel’s resignation. The other, much more interesting piece was written by Tamás Fricz, a so-called political scientist, whose admiration for Viktor Orbán knows no bounds. Fricz used to have a weekly column in Magyar Nemzet, which he left in a great hurry to join the new “government paper” edited by the same people who earlier had made Magyar Nemzet practically unreadable. Unfortunately, we cannot simply ignore Magyar Idők because its articles and editorials give us a window into the thinking of Viktor Orbán and his underlings. The only good thing I can say in connection with Tamás Fricz is that he is no longer an employee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Political Science. I guess Fricz’s extracurricular activities became too embarrassing.
Yesterday Fricz published the fruit of his sharp intellect under the headline “It is a mystery what makes Merkel tick.” But, it turns out, it is not a mystery at all because Fricz knows the answer full well. Here it goes.
A few years back, thanks to Wikileaks, it came to light that the American National Security Agency (NSA) had wiretapped Angela Merkel’s cell phone. Everybody expected a huge diplomatic scandal but nothing happened except for some hemming and hawing. What does this mean? That not only are there strong ties between the two countries but also that Angela Merkel is not an equal partner in this relationship. Just last May it became known that the NSA and the German secret service had cooperated on wiretapping the Élysée Palace, the European Commission, and several European conglomerates. Therefore, it is likely that the Americans know absolutely everything about Angela Merkel. It is also likely that the German and U.S. governments are cooperating in refugee affairs.
This logic may be suspect, but what comes after is truly bizarre, especially since Fricz doesn’t bother to give any reasons for his hypothesis. His supposition is that a “multi-racial, multi-cultural, federal Europe” is the ideal partner for the United States and global financial interests. But why? I would have loved to find out because I’m intrigued. Unfortunately, Fricz skipped that crucial step.
Naturally, the state of Israel is part of this conspiracy theory. After some searching, Fricz found a quotation from a speech that Merkel delivered in the Knesset in March 2008. Unfortunately for Tamás Fricz, the whole speech is available in English on the Knesset’s website. Here is the original:
Here of all places I want to explicitly stress that every German Government and every German Chancellor before me has shouldered Germany’s special historical responsibility for Israel’s security. This historical responsibility is part of my country’s raison d’être. For me as German Chancellor, therefore, Israel’s security will never be open to negotiation. And that being the case, we must do more than pay lip-service to this commitment at this critical point. Together with its partners, Germany is setting its sights on a diplomatic solution. But if Iran does not come around, the German government will remain fully committed to sanctions.
So, let’s see what came of these sentences in Fricz’s “translation.”
Germany’s responsibility for Israel is my country’s raison d’être. In other words, the security of Israel for me as chancellor of Germany cannot be the subject of bargaining. But if it were to become such, in the hour of verification [of this commitment] these words wouldn’t remain empty phrases.
On the basis of this so-called translation Fricz comes to the conclusion that Merkel’s words actually mean that Germany, together with the United States, will be ready to fight alongside Israeli forces against Iran. As is clear from the original text, Merkel was talking about sanctions against Iran “if Iran does not come around.” I am still surprised at the brazen falsification of facts, figures, and texts by these people.
Fricz’s overall conclusion is that Merkel in her decisions is not “completely independent.” This is a big problem and “a danger for Europe.” But there is still hope. Merkel loves power and doesn’t want to leave her post. Under growing pressure from the right she will have to compromise in order to keep her job.
Yet another attempt to foment hatred of both the United States and Israel, and to implicate Germany in this web of conspiracy–once again, with no respect for the facts.