Mária Schmidt’s “Israelification of Europe” and Mária M. Kovács’s review

Well-known pro-government “intellectuals” often create blogs on which they write articles paid for by the Orbán government. Mária Schmidt, by contrast, offers her services gratis. She doesn’t need the few thousand forints the Orbán government coughs up. She is a wealthy woman who got even richer thanks to the good offices of the current administration.

On her blog, “Látószög” (Viewing Angle), she and a handful of other people post regularly. She herself writes at least one article a month, sometimes two. Her August piece is devoted to her favorite topic of late, Islam’s threat to Europe. The title of her article is “Israelification of Europe.”

Budapest Sentinel translated the full article, for which I’m most grateful because it has stirred up quite a controversy. I’m reprinting it below.

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Mária M. Kovács, history professor at Central European University, wrote a short article about this Schmidt piece with the ironic title: “The Bayerization of Israelization.” A year ago an article appeared in The Times of Israel by Emmanuel Heymann, a young Israeli who has written extensively on international relations, titled “The Israelization of Europe is under way.” In it he talks about waves of Muslim immigrants who “have enriched old Europe and positively transformed European societies.” But this immigration “also brought with it new challenges, most notably in integration and assimilation.” Religious enclaves in larger European cities have sprung up and many of the newcomers don’t feel part of their adopted countries. In addition, terrorism has reached the European continent and there are security concerns. Israel has had to face similar challenges throughout its existence. Perhaps now that radical Islam has reached Europe, Europeans will have more sympathy for Israel’s handling of its own problems. Israel and Europe share similar values, the values of liberal democracy, and Europe will also have to recognize that these values are incompatible with the “totalitarian political ideology of Islam.”

Mária Schmidt’s “Israelization of Europe” sends a very different message. Her Europe, as Mária M. Kovács aptly describes it, “is Zsolt Bayer’s frightening, dehumanized world full of demons.” In this world everybody is threatened by foreigners, people of other races and religions. No individuals exist in this world, only groups. And every group is homogeneous, with a common goal and common will.

Not only are the alien groups homogeneous; “the political leaders and members of the intellectual elite are also uniform.” In her view, the “whole European mainstream is made up of aberrant and mentally ill people who are so stupid that they can barely wait to be enslaved.” They want to “become victims” in order to escape from the guilt they feel for Europe’s past.

For years Zsolt Bayer has been saying almost the same thing. In Bayer’s Europe events are directed by conspirators. Immigrants who want to conquer Europe and all the European politicians, churchmen, and intellectuals who don’t share Bayer’s and Schmidt’s worldview are in effect collaborators.

“The Europe of Heymann and Schmidt don’t resemble one another. Heymann’s Europe is multi-faceted and able to handle political debate. Bayer’s and Schmidt’s Europe is led by sick, aberrant people with whom one shouldn’t, in fact mustn’t, find consensus. For Heymann the foundation of mutual understanding are the principles of liberal democracy. For Schmidt liberal democracy cannot be the foundation of understanding and empathy. The ideas of Heymann become an inexorable attack in Schmidt’s hands. She turns Heymann’s call inside out and attacks the very European and Israeli values in whose defense Heymann wrote.”

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Revisionist historian Mária Schmidt warns of the “Israelification of Europe”

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“If people living in a given area are unable to defend their lands, they are going to lose them. Meanwhile they are forced to share their acquired and accumulated possessions with the invited or uninvited settlers, which leads to calculable social tensions. Because every community exists by the grace of its borders, and works by distinguishing between insiders and outsiders.” – Mária Schmidt, historian

Translation of Terror House director Mária Schmidt’s op-ed piece “The Israelization of Europe” posted by Látószög (Viewing Angle) on August 26th, 2016.

“If we want to be generous, we need borders.” – Paul Sheffer

When I first traveled in Israel, before the first intifada, in spite of being a blonde woman I walked alone in Jerusalem’s old town. Later, as I visited every ten years, I noticed that everyday life there became more tense, and the feeling of safety came to be in short supply. The little bus we took six years ago with friends and family for excursions in the Holy Land was stopped every 500 meters by soldiers who came on board and inspected it. The horrific security procedures at their airports have already become normal in other parts of the world. In spite of how painful it might have been for Jews who had broken out behind the closed walls of the ghetto, they had no choice but to encircle the territory of Palestine with border walls in hopes of controlling and identifying terrorists, whose ingenuity and determination grow day by day. Those who take Israeli lives with knives, with swords, with bombs, with guns. Those Muslim fanatics, who don’t value worldly life, and who believe their acts of evil to be tickets to paradise.

We are on the road to the Israelization of Europe. This is clear by now to everyone except the left-liberal elite. How and why are they anesthetizing themselves? How much will they give up to show that they are carefree, acting in good faith, and “humane”? We’ve already learned that no one is stupid for free, especially those who are used to getting paid handsomely for it. (It’s not an accident that Gerard Schröder became a lobbyist for Gazprom after he had signed an enormous contract with the company as Chancellor. It wasn’t an accident that Barroso ended up at Goldman Sachs after he had shown that he was sympathetic to their problems during the 2008 financial crisis. Tony Blair, the Clintons, the Bidens, the Kerrys, etc., all receive millions of dollars for their services as lobbyists, advisers, lecturers, or from the mandates of their sons and relatives.) I wouldn’t be surprised if in time we receive news of a new “accommodations” where one of our current “migrant-lovers” ends up in the services of Soros, or some Saudi company.

But until then let’s look a bit more thoroughly at exactly what we’re facing. Let’s try to answer the following question: Why has the West, so ashamed of its past, so effortlessly glided over Muslim colonization of a significant part of Europe which has for centuries meant threat, invasion, and the loss of millions of lives? Hungary lived for 150 years under Turkish rule, which hindered development and led to a demographic catastrophe (of 4.5 million Hungarians, only 1.5 million remained by the end of the Turkish occupation, many of which were slaves) which had to be remedied with the mass settlement here of foreign ethnicities. Spain, southern France and the Balkans were under Muslim domination for centuries. Because Islam, when it could and can, and where it could and can, came and comes as a conqueror.

“Every virtue, if taken too far, becomes immoral.” – Bernhard Vogel

Islam is one of the world’s religions. Its followers are found in every part of the world. In many places theocracy is operating at the same time as secular power. Elsewhere, following the principle of separation of church and state, they focus on moral and religious questions. In its past and present, the same kinds of acceptable and unacceptable elements are found in Islam as are found in Christianity. Why is it that Christianity has for decades been in the crosshairs of criticism, and recently on a daily basis is exposed to attacks by the advanced West, while, according to these same critics, it wouldn’t be suitable and in fact isn’t permitted to criticize Islam? In its disorientation of the late ’60s and early ’70s, the Western left-liberal intellectual elite found a new object of adoration in the Third World. They came across the Palestinians, and took them, and the whole region and Islam with them, into their patronage. They compensate with condescension their turning of a blind eye to the qualities of Islam which the Western world would not tolerate, and thus don’t consider them equal parties. This all means in practice that they use a double standard. The first is maintained for the European left, which considering the sinful nature of communism, sympathizes with all manifestations of left-wing terrorism. The other is for the “exploited” and “oppressed” Third World, where for them the denial of equal rights before the law for women and sexual minorities is no problem, nor are acts of terrorism as political pressure. This standard the other side of the political spectrum imposes on us and institutionalizes with incessant intellectual carpet bombing.

The Western elite is convinced that the turban-wearers and burnoose or robe-wearers’ minds are not developed, and that Muslims are reliant on their patronage, for which they expect gratitude. They do not presume that Muslims think in long-term strategies, and that they thoroughly plan and precisely implement their steps. The occupation of Europe is an old project of theirs, the implementation of which is launched through excessive demographic relocation, placing ideological pressure on the shoulders of the West with their conscious and aggressive political and economic power, and above all, with the threat of turning off the oil tap. They buy weapons from the West which they use against each other and against the West, and they buy cutting-edge Western technology while flooding Western cities with migrants. They use a part of this migrant community as a fifth column, as hidden terrorist cells, as pressure points, and as a political “ace-in-the-hole.” Whenever and for whatever they need to. Western progressive intellectuals are truly playing the role again of the useful idiot, as they were in service of the goals of Lenin, Stalin and Mao. If in anything, in this they are practiced.

In Hungary in 2013, 19 thousand asylum-seekers were registered. In 2014 their numbers grew to 43 thousand, and last year to 177 thousand. The numbers speak for themselves. And we aren’t even a migration destination country!

This kind of large, quickly expanding foreign community with a different culture, different language and different religion is impossible to integrate. It wouldn’t succeed even if they weren’t arriving with instructions and intentions to demand their own schools, and churches, and separate cemeteries, and ritual butchers, and community centers, so that they can keep and care for their own customs and live uninterrupted in their own closed world and develop their own communities. Of course, the accepting state would be responsible for financing all of the above. Additionally the Quran schools and prayer houses, and the preachers who are responsible for the replacement, recruitment and activation of the extremists, will be paid for in large part by the Saudis. The internet culture and social applications which support and allow separation and the exclusion and outlawing of dissent will also move toward the closing off of their own groups. With the help of their satellites they will have their own television stations, so that they can receive in their own language the ideological ammunition to shame and reject the way of life of those receiving them. No other voice reaches them, only the noise of their own group’s extremists. So they have less and less chance of integration; the majority live on welfare and stay poor. Of course, it’s not the kind of poverty they knew back home in their leaky houses, but the meaning of this will quickly slip away, since in their new homes they will have become affluent. But this standard of living will remain unattainable for most of them, because their lack of language skills or professional skills will make them incapable of getting a good and therefore well-paid job. The spirit of Western tolerance will describe a whole new generation on an ethnic or “cultural” basis while assisting in the emergence of an inferior religiously and ethnically based social class. 26 percent of Somalis, 34 percent of Iraqis, 42 percent of Afghans and 62 percent of Iranians had employment before the great migration waves. Today the statistics are even more abysmal.

“The opposite of good is good intentions.” – Kurt Tucholsky

Chancellor Merkel doesn’t fret on these questions. “We can do it!” (Wir schaffen das) she says, while thinking of what kinds of logistical steps are needed to spread all over Europe these migrants who still don’t want to assimilate. But she is indifferent to how the regularities of coexistence might be formed, because she represents the kind of Germany which is ashamed of its past, ashamed of its present and can hardly wait for, as a citizen of the globalized world, for someone, say, the Muslims to conquer them and absolve them of their Nazi past, of their eternal perpetrator status, which by themselves they are unable to let go of, unable to move past. (Adolf liked Islam too, and did business with his uncle Arafat, Chief Mufti of Jerusalem.) How great it would be, if they could finally play the role of a victim! Well, wouldn’t it be an enviable status? They don’t look for an answer to the question, that if to them Western Christian culture is worthless, because in the European Union’s proposed constitution they couldn’t even refer to it, and if Europe is not Christian anymore, then what is it? What is the community of values to which the newcomers must adapt, that they must accept, embrace? What do we require of them? How will they have to form their communities so that we will be able to live with them? Or will we adapt to them? Do they have no such duty? Where does the practice lead where we excuse the terror attacks that threaten the existence of our communities as psychological disorders? And if this doesn’t satisfy popular opinion, then comes the common mantra: that misery and the colonial past are responsible for terrorist acts. However, as they advertise it: “This is a war led by Allah between Muslim nations and the infidel, pagan nations.” The command is clear. “Kill the infidels,” as Allah said. “Then destroy the idol worshipers wherever you find them.”

We’re familiar with this spurious intellectualization. But we also know that the poor things aren’t terrorists, and they know other methods of suicide that don’t involve the destruction of others. We also learned that some people can take up arms to war and kill in God’s name, for its defense, or its diffusion. Hatred of unbelievers or followers of other faiths was not foreign to our culture in our past. Today, however, we fight religious wars in the form of culture wars, and we fiercely continue bloodless struggles. In this war, the “tolerant”, that is the left-liberal elite and their lackeys, proclaim that they don’t differentiate between cultures and values. In other words, there is only one type of culture and one type of value system, and that is theirs. With their full arsenal they propagandize that those who are arriving here have the same values, intentions and ambitions as they do, and they consider the same things useful and valuable as they do. If our values and culture are no different than theirs, then how can we expect them to adopt them? The equality of women, for example? I wonder if the Western left-liberal elite is simply stupid, or if some suicidal tendency has taken away their common sense and is spreading like an epidemic in Europe’s “credible” institutions, think tanks, universities, and in the air-conditioned left-liberal witches kitchens? And where are they coming across Soros’s dollars? The progressives have a particular tendency for guilt. They consider victims everyone who comes from a different part of the world or who has different colored skin, and they swoon that now finally they can prove how good, humane, tolerant, and multicultural they are! They look in the mirror and their very humanity looks back at them. Great! They can finally be proud. Because the Dutch, Germans, Swiss, etc. have not been able to be proud lately, because of all the sins of their ancestors. However, if they had been proud on an occasion or two of something like, say, a European Championship football match, they would have fallen immediately into the sin of nationalism, which is already almost racism, an unforgivable sin punishable by excommunication! This is how Western Europe is populated, brimming with fine good people!

The last 68-ers, the progressive party’s dying mummies.” – Houellebecq

In certain areas of Africa and the Near East, it took decades for people living there to get off their carpets and out of their tents, leave their dirt roads and cross into the age of skyscrapers, supersonic airplanes, television and internet. In a few years they had to be pulled forward centuries. This is a huge task, a burden, but also an achievement. This kind of turbo-modernization results in a state of shock, which the severing of tribal ties and forced integration into the alienating world of big cities only makes worse. Islam, in this context, provides a solid ground for those masses who end up in a disorienting world. Because Islam is law, rights and instruction. Roots and guidance. Patterns of behavior and a value system. In the context of someone coming to Europe, all of this could not be made any more important and indispensable for someone also having to deal with linguistic, racial and cultural differences. This all increases almost to the point of unbearability the identity crisis those migrants will face who left their homes for the false promise of an easy and successful life, and also for those who came by their own will. Upon arrival they will find that the kafirs, the unbelievers, the antisocial, barbaric, unclean, uncircumcised, depraved masses will not accept them. They will humiliate them with some kind of immigration procedure, they won’t give over their wives and daughters to them, the food and drink will not be what they are accustomed to, and the money they give them won’t be enough to provide them immediately with what they need to live comfortably. They will always be expecting gratitude from them everywhere, and expect that they should know what good people they are for having accepted and helped them. However, they know, and have learned, that if they were actually good people, then they would be Muslims.

In the tribal culture in which most of the influx was socialized, women are property to be bought and sold. The family, the tribe, the man’s good reputation and honor, are all dependent on the obedience and good behavior of the women in the family – meaning, her virginity and marital fidelity. This explains the practices of female genital mutilation and the death penalty for extramarital sexual relationships. Wearing of the headscarf, hijab and burka are compulsory. All of this, spiced with forced marriages and polygamy, is incompatible with the culture of gender equality practiced in the West. While the left-liberals supposedly advocate for same-sex marriage, the denial of basic human rights for sexual minorities by Muslims goes unnoticed. As does the European Jewish community, whose existence, independent of the Palestine-Israel conflict, is a thorn in their eyes. Let us not forget that most migrants’ mentality and worldview remains tribal, regardless of whether they also use 21st century technology developed in the West.

Let us note the argument of the migrant-lovers. They reference humanity, that is, morality, and at the same time demographic and labor needs. They argue that guarding the borders is impossible, and also that international laws dictate that we let everyone in. These are all lies. The fences raised on our borders meant noticeable and immediate relief from the pressure of immigration. They were forced to alter their itineraries, and the entry into Hungary’s territory became ordered, regulated, and lawful. These refute the empty dreams of the liberals that the borders are unnecessary, dreams that are contemptuous of the limits of democracy. If people living in a given area are unable to defend their lands, they are going to lose them. Meanwhile they are forced to share their acquired and accumulated possessions with the invited or uninvited settlers, which leads to calculable social tensions. Because every community exists by the grace of its borders, and works by distinguishing between insiders and outsiders.

The protection of EU borders is entrusted to Erdogan by Merkel and the union leaders panting at her heels, as they entrusted Kadhafi with Libya and Morocco, to crack down ruthlessly on African immigrants if need be. We wash our hands, and we pay. This way we stay good people and can educate everyone on democracy, humanity, and Europeanness.

I agree with Konrád György, that “after Nazism and communism, Islam is the third totalitarian ideology which seriously threatens Europe.” I also agree that “today’s refugees are not singular people who desire to be European citizens. Rather they are a faceless mass, which will in time develop into a parallel society. Along with the growth of their confidence, conflicts will also proliferate, because the Bible accepts the Quran, but the reverse is not true. Europe cannot be good and moral if it is also weak.”

The progressive intellectuals disregard all of this, without exception, and support Muslim migration. Because they feel that finally their opinion matters, and they can see themselves as important and as chosen, like they once did in the Maoist, Trotskyist and Communist movements, in the sit-down strikes and demonstrations of ’68. In the leftist salons they always spoiled that part of the intelligentsia which unscrupulously served progress, whatever class-warrior or multicultural costume they wore at the time. The progressives, who by now have become the politically correct Western mainstream, have for us caused the greatest damage by wanting to deprive us, European citizens, of our self-esteem and self-confidence. And this can hardly be approved of.

September 4, 2016
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petofi
Guest

I love this line: “Meanwhile they are forced to share their acquired and accumulated possessions…”

Really, Ms Schmidt?

Now you, as a historian, should be able to imagine how the jews who were packed on those Auschwitzian trains felt knowing that their
neighbours were squabbling over their apartment remains–this mandated by the government of the time–in Budapest in the fall of 1945…

(What goes around, comes around. Allevaj.)

e-2016
Guest

Petofi, let us try to analyze the twisted disinformation campaigns which have led to the past genocides, and will generate new ones. Schmidt is victim and perpetrator at the same times. The most important task is to understand the history of the Tzarist/Communist/postCommunist Russian manipulations.
There is a new Yale historian, Timothy Snyder who began a new wave of research.

webber
Guest

Timothy Snyder is neither new nor particularly young.
Is he really now researching Russian disinformation? It doesn’t seem like his topic. He has been writing on mass murder by totalitarian regimes in Europe up to now.

webber
Guest

e-2016 – Schmidt is a victim??? Of what?
She is one of Hungary’s richest people, and she has been showered with awards and positions by Orban.

What atrocity has she ever suffered?

petofi
Guest

Orban will never cease to heap mockery on Hungary and Hungarians by promoting the most incompetent and reprehensible of individuals–Martonyi, Schmidt, Szijjarto…and the like.

petofi
Guest

The KGB basement brigade of yore was sure of one thing: Hungarians, if they could see the benefit of their actions,
were/are apt to willingly do the most horrendous acts. Hence the willingness, now, of Hungaricoes to pivot 180 degrees to enjoy the pleasures of the eastern winds…

Member

@petofi

Dear petofi. My family had the same experience in 1946. They had half an hour to pick some things before leaving home nach Deutschland. A lot of them commit suicide. I think we share a lot.

webber
Guest

Yes, your family was also brutalized, but there was a very significant difference. For your relatives, the planned destination was to a new life. For Petofi’s, it was to death in Auschwitz (or wherever).

e-2016
Guest

Actually, the Kremlin orchestrated the whole terror activity against Israel.
Ordinary Israelis are not well informed.
Their anger should be directed against Moscow and not against the Palestinians.
It would be important to liberate the Palestinians from the negative influence of Moscow.

Wondercat
Guest

What a picture… not the one that Schmidt Mária paints, although that is dreadful enough!, but the one of her chosen to illustrate Prof Balogh’s posting. Is Schmidt Mária cross-eyed, or was she looking at the strands of hair atop her nose? Priceless.

Guest

I actually felt the picture of Schmidt was one of the best I’d seen of her. Yes, she does have a badly miss-aligned eye.

Orionpax
Guest

Oh my, Hungarian right wing propagandist are totally cuckoo. Hungary is like balknized nation with huge dose of hypocrisy. The ethnic magyars still has problem with Roma and Jewish community who has been in Hungary for hundreds of years yet they reject them due to their ego and hatred. I don’t believe no Muslims should be forced to apologise for Turkish invasion on Hungary which happened hundreds of years ago. Also magyar killed lots of Jews, Roma, Serbs,Romanian and Slovak in the past even though these group are far more likely to integrate than Muslim. Hungary is nothing but third world balkan s**thole and their politicians reflect the people who vote them.

dos929
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I cannot argue with the numbers of the ‘registered’ refugees, but more to the point is that many thousands more were not registered, just shipped across the country by the authorities as quick as it could be done. Thus the Hungarian authorities must share the blame for those unregistered masses that reached the borders of Austria and Germany. Furthermore, of those hundreds of thousands that passed through Hungary practically none remained, as Hungary would be the last place they would wish to spend their lives. Testimony to this all those hundreds of thousands of native Hungarians who left and similarly they don’t would wish to spend their remaining lives in their homeland. In-spite of the many truths that Schmidt refers to, she (and her government) only using this human tragedy of the 21st century to advance their own agenda. One of the proofs of this is the relentless wall-to-wall litany of lies by the Orban regime that spread through the media day and night, and now even reached the mailbox of each and every citizen of the country. And yes, before the regime and Schmidt try to analyse the why’s and how’s of the refugee crisis they should apply equal… Read more »
Bowen
Guest

From reading Maria Schmidt’s piece, it feels a lot like psychological projection: denying the existence of something in yourself, by attributing it to other people. So, she goes on and an about the ‘guilt’ of the West, and the inferior primitiveness of Africans and others, who are struggling to catch up with modernity in a short space of time.

Unconsciously, she’s probably writing about herself, and the fragile egos of Hungarians like her. It’s like a form of self-defence.

In most countries, she would be a fringe lunatic.

Guest

Yes, it’s funny in a way:

Much of what she describes (in lurid detail …) is applicable to the former Communist states too, in many aspects they’re still 50 years behind the times – and when you think about the Gypsies and their level of (il)literacy …

What has Fidesz done for them?

PS:

Tappanch surely knows how many Gypsy children still leave school early, continuing the hopeless life of their parents …

Sztív
Guest

Is she related to that man in charge of embezzling billions of dollars from the Hungarian National Bank? They seem to have an uncanny resemblance but I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly.

petofi
Guest

Yes, Martonyi has it, too. It’s called ‘the look of the lunatic fringe’…

Bowen
Guest

Now, now. If it wasn’t for Maria Schmidt, we most probably wouldn’t have had a song all about how Hungary smells of fish.

Member

@petofi

I like your thoughts, but we don’t have to mock others for their designs.

Observer
Guest

What a quack!

This “historian” is an insult to the profession, albeit few take her as such. She is just another parrot of the commando reciting the same slogans.

Thanks for the article, which is a good exhibit of the line and level of “thinking” in the orban regime. All the nonsense with Felcsut writ large all over it.

For us a shame, for many a glory.

Guest

London Calling!

I’m sorry, but even if translated into my mother tongue I find MS’s pontifications completely unreadable.

Utterly contemptible.

Why are Hungarians so obsessed by Isreal and Islam and Roma and the West?

It’s all so boring, predictable and unnecessary.

Out of the blue Hungarians will assail you about Roma, Isreal and Muslims – the failure of capitalism and the liberalism of the West – with a complete misunderstanding of what my country is like to live in without ever having been there.

From the local village shop all this crap from the owner’s son – how can I tell him otherwise? Village idiot with isolated mentality.

‘Kisalfold’? Ditto. Echo TV ditto.

Visiting friends – who never turn the TV off – Orban, Orban, Orban. Either Jobbik or Fidesz.

And a nasty nasty experience with Tesco’s in Hungary made me so glad to be back.

Really glad – but more importantly – so was my partner.

Alleyluya, England.

Orionpax
Guest

Hungary is third world balkanized nation. Also Hungarian can only pick on Jews,gipsy and Muslims. Also spit on west while all their wealth derives from west and their own people run away from that third world nation. EU is darn stupid for letting Hungary enter in first place in 2004. I hope to never meet a loser Hungarian here in UK who looks down on other immigrants. Otherwise I will make sure they pack their bag to that balkan s**thole called Hungary.

Member

@orionpax

I really vanted the East and the West to unite in those years. But now I realise it was a mistake. Now I want the easteners to leave. They couldn’t be integrated. That’s sad, but we most go on.

Guest

Some people in West Germany are already saying that it was a mistake to tear the Iron Curtain down – it would come really handy now!

Have you seen the results of the latest local German elections?

If you add the right wing parties and the Communist (Yes, the “Left” there are real Communists imho) you get more than a third of all voters …

webber
Guest

See wolfi – Americans are not special.
Germans, too, have their lunatics.
In most countries they add up to about 1/3 of the population, I believe.

Orionpax
Guest

Hungarians are the problem not the Germans. Hell I will swap 100 hungarian fascist for one German. Just look at which nation in Europe is in lead on Islamphobia, anti semitic, anti ziganism, anti globalism etc etc. Hungary is instigator of right wing mania in which human rights goes to dustbin for government propaganda. Vast majority of crazies in Hungary vote for right wing extremist. About 60-80% of magyars are voting for extremist fascist. If Hungarian is so fearful of Islam then why do they exist now. There would have been no Hungarian alive if they went all genocidal in ottoman era. Food for thought brother.

Guest

Re: ‘food for thought brother’

And I’ll add Byron said ‘Sorrow is knowledge’. So someone pray tell me where has ‘knowledge’ gone in VO’s land? From my perch…in service of potential fascists.

Observer
Guest

I guess Byron was wrong – in most cases sorrow cries for revenge and the fight goes on, knowledge be damned.

Member

Charlie, you’re my man!

Guest

After readng Ms. Schmidt’s piece I do not believe she can be called a ‘historian’. She is simply a so ‘right’ public intellectual…. with subtle and greasy motives. There’s too much push of ‘her’ in her writing rather than considered thought to the ‘Islamic’ problem under discussion.

Polemics such as those in the ZB-MS Iskola of ‘history’ aren’t ones to seriously edify events but to keep on tickling some Magyar’s fascination with fascism as a potential all problem-solver and to put liberalism to the sword as the pestilence that needs to be destroyed in the 21st. Fascism…seems it’s the evil and immoral guest of the 20th that just never seems to go away. Apparently in our day and age no easy come no easy go with that thing.

Delta sounds
Guest

The Guardian followed up over the weekend on your report that Katrina Lantos Swett has returned her Knight’s Cross. The Guardian and other media outlets, following Professor Balogh’s scholarly focus on Hungarian corruption, noted that the medal has been quickly devalued since it was awarded to a third-rate party propagandist, a close friend of that little tyrant who runs Hungary like a captive nation.
Zsolt Bayer and Maria Schmidt and their kind think it’s back to the 1920s in Hungary and no one beyond its borders sees the evil carried out in its name. Those of us looking in from the outside wouldn’t know about the decline of Hungary’s political culture if we didn’t have the Hungarian Spectrum, which informs journalists daily around the world and who in turn spread your work to millions of readers even if they don’t always credit your outstanding reporting. Keep up the good work.

Guest

HS….Right, THE professional blog putting Magyarorszag in ‘primetime’ on the global and political world stage. Thanks to Prof Balogh.

Alex Kuli
Guest
Fidesz must have been jumping for joy when Gyorgy Konrad made common cause with Orban’s migrant policy in interviews he gave to foreign newspapers. Not only was Konrad a founding member of the SZDSZ, he is a Holocaust survivor and a darling of Western Europe’s left-wing intelligentsia. Zsolt Bayer is certainly more profane than Konrad — at least in public — but their analysis is cut from the same cloth. “After Nazism and communism, Islam is the third totalitarian ideology which seriously threatens Europe.” Gyuri bacsi, surely you didn’t like it when the Arrow Cross made similar claims about you and your relatives back in the 40s, did you? I’m also sure you realize that it is a tiny minority of Muslims who are threatening anyone. They threaten people everywhere, including Europeans, but mostly Middle Eastern Muslims. “Conflicts will also proliferate, because the Bible accepts the Quran, but the reverse is not true.” I’d be interested in knowing Konrad’s source on this. Mohammed preached acceptance of other monotheist religions. Did the Ottomans abolish Christianity in southeastern Europe? No. Did the Moors abolish Christianity or Judaism in Spain? No. Did Muslim conquerors ever put Jews or Christians to death simply because… Read more »
PALIKA
Guest

It maybe the original version is easier to follow and something has been lost in the clumsy translation. What we have is not only poorly written but it is just long winded drivel.

One of the clear aims of militant Islam is to subvert the lives of pretty well the whole of the civilised world. Note the inter racial tensions in Southern France following the bourkini ban. Responsible people, whatever their privately held views might be avoid saying or writing inflammatory material. The problems generated by the breakdown of peace and order in much of the Middle East do not lend themselves to any easy solution. The tone of the Schmidt writing as well as its perceived meaning will not contribute to the efforts to find solutions. It is quite remarkable that a writer who holds prominent public positions in Hungary is so ignorant of the potential impact of her words.

Kadar employed court jesters who were fluent writers, such as Cini Karinthy and Miklos Gyarfas. OV’s jester is not up to much, is she?

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Read the original. Read anything you like by Schmidt. Nothing has been lost in translation. She is that wooly-headed. Drivel is her specialty.
For all his foulness, Bayer writes better than Schmidt, and Bayer wouldn’t be able to live off his writing in any Western country. It is that bad.
There is not a single “thinker” in Orban’s coterie who thinks clearly. Not a single one has written anything of lasting value (not counting the odd poet – I maintain that they are lousy, too, but some would disagree with me).

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