Hungary is unique after all: Pew research on terrorism and refugees

A couple of days ago the Pew Research Center published a survey taken between February 16 and May 8 in 38 countries, asking about the respondents’ sense of threats to national security. People were supposed to rank eight things they consider to be truly threatening as far as their well-being is concerned. Heading the list were “Islamic militant group known as ISIS” (62%) and “global climate change” (61%). Cyber attacks (51%), condition of the global economy (51%), large number of refugees (39%), U.S. power and influence (35%), Russia’s power and influence (31%), and China’s power and influence (31%) followed in that order.

The 38 countries surveyed are widely scattered, and naturally their concerns vary according to their particular geographic and cultural settings. For example, South American countries found “global climate change” a greater problem than ISIS. In European countries the large number of refugees was obviously a greater concern than, let’s say, in Vietnam or Chile. But in all countries, including European ones, the fear of terrorism was greater than alarm over the refugees. There was one exception, not just among European countries but on all four continents: Hungary. Hungarians dread refugees (66%) more than they worry about terrorism (64%). To compare Hungary to some of its fellow EU members, here are some figures. In France, which had its share of terrorist attacks, people rightfully consider terrorism a very serious threat (88%), but only 39% think that the large number of refugees is something one has to seriously worry about. In Germany there is even less anxiety about the refugees despite their large influx (28%), while 79% believe ISIS to be a serious menace. Even in Poland, a country whose population receives similar messages from the government as do Hungarians, the fear of terrorism is slightly higher (66%) than concern about refugees (60%).

The only explanation I have for this phenomenon is the success of the massive brainwashing by the incessant government propaganda against the “migrants” that has been going on for more than two years. The official of the Hungarian Fencing Association who, while visiting Leipzig, saw marauding refugees all over the place was most likely under the influence of this propaganda campaign. All he heard about the German situation at home programmed him to see a country under siege by invading Africans and Middle Easterners.

His case calls to mind an article I read yesterday in The Guardian about the Norwegian anti-immigrant group Fedrelandet viktigst (Fatherland First), which mistook a photograph of six empty bus seats for a group of women wearing burqas. When the group posted the photo on Facebook, racist commenters went wild. One of the more telling comments was: “I thought it would be like this in the year 2050, but it is happening NOW.”

Those frightening burqas

Of course, the Hungarian anti-refugee propaganda is promulgated not only on huge billboards but also in the government media, which by now means almost all print newspapers, especially the regional papers. I think it is enough to point out, as an illustration of the seriousness of the situation, that Lőrinc Mészáros alone owns 200 regional papers, all of which spout the same pro-government propaganda. And these regional papers are still read by large numbers of people.

The flagship of the government media is Magyar Idők, in which I found a typical article by Gábor Czakó, a writer whom the Orbán government found worthy of the Kossuth Prize, the highest prize a Hungarian writer can receive, in 2011. I must admit that I have never read anything by this man, but his name sounded familiar. After a bit of research I found the occasion on which I encountered Czakó’s name. In 2012, in a television conversation, Czakó extolled the habit of men physically punishing their wives and children. He told a family story in which a fisherman, who came home only every two weeks, found that his wife in his absence didn’t do any housework. He finally became tired of the situation and beat her. The beating did miracles. She became, at least for the next two weeks, a perfect wife. As he put it, “she practically begged for the beating.” Czakó, the father of seven, also explained that his beating of his boys was always done with due preparation “because if you lose your head you will beat him until blood flows.”

So, now that you know something about the author, let’s see what wise thoughts he has on the present refugee crisis. According to Czakó, these refugees are part of an army of conquerors who came to wage war “against us and our civilization of thousands of years.” They are colonizers whose aim is to make slaves of the inhabitants of Europe. They came to destroy the nations of the continent. The liquidation of nations is a necessary element of the Islamic conquest, which rests on religious foundations. With the destruction of nations comes “the loss of love, culture, family, and the values of the common past.” Czakó’s projected new world will be devoid of friendship, loyalty, perseverance, self-sacrifice, and bravery. Truth will also disappear. The conspirators behind this invasion are “creating a babelic world without truth.” This image of the Armageddon that will be created by the refugees is meant to be terrify Hungarians, to poison their souls and stupefy their minds.

This is the kind of vision Hungarians have been confronted with day in and day out. And with time the claims of the mortal danger to European civilization become increasingly forceful and harrowing. It’s no wonder that in the Pew Research Institute’s study Hungary stands alone, with an obviously warped sense of reality.

August 3, 2017
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Istvan
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Not related, but interesting. Edina Pottyondy, Miklos Hajnal, Andras Fekete-Gyor and Anna Orosz, were among leading members of political movement Momentum in Hungary. It was announced today Edina Pottyondy has resigned from that organization. It was also reported that Gábor Bojár, founder of architectural software maker Graphisoft and the private university of Aquincum Institute of Technology in Budapest donated Momentum one million forints supposedly without any strings attached in terms of policy.

Eva wrote an interesting commentary on the group back in March, see WHAT’S BEHIND MOMENTUM? BANAL CLICHÉS.

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Another bit of Momentum-related hilarity: Agoston Samuel Mraz, head of the party-controlled Nezopont Institute and epitome of Hungarian intellect, demanded an inquiry into whether Andras Fekete-Gyor’s successful effort to derail Hungary’s Olympics bid has anything to do with the fact that he’s shacking up with a French woman. Since Paris ended up winning the bid, it’s VERRRY suspicious.
I bet Mraz checks to see if George Soros is hiding under his bed before he goes to sleep.

http://24.hu/kozelet/2017/08/03/mraz-szerint-a-momentum-azert-puccsolta-meg-a-budapesti-olimpiat-mert-az-elnoknek-francia-a-baratnoje/

gdfxx
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The sad truth is that those empty seats are very easy to be confused with women wearing burqas.

The other day I saw a demonstration by women from Turkey. They were protesting the increasing pressure on women to dress more “decently”. I guess compulsory burqas are returning there too, many years after Ataturk banned them.

dos929
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The sad statistics about the Hungarian attitude about the refugees and terrorism shows that the relentless brainwashing campaign by the regime is working. The even sadder fact is that this happens in a country where so far are no refugees in any measurable numbers and were not a single terrorist act. The real refugees in Hungary are the Hungarian citizens under the real terrorist Orban regime….

Wondercat
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On many occasions, my father had to give me a beating in order — as he put it — to get my attention. Yes, he tried talking to me. He tried reasoning with me. But those approaches succeeded far better if he got my attention first. Czakó likely despaired of his sons as my father did of his. Boys are impossible. Und wer nicht hören will, muß fühlen.

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The typical reaction of the “bunko paraszt” – He’s afraid of what he doesn’t know. My favourite example is Switzerland – in those counties which have no foreigners, the percentage of haters was the greatest …

Not too much OT:
Yesterday a friend visited us (In Germany right now :)) who has been teaching the German language to foreigners at the local “Volkshochschule” (often in evening classes) for more than 30 years and who has many refugees and immigrants among her pupils of course.
She sometimes has “problems” with Muslims, but she’s very strict – if they don’t follow her rules, they can leave …
She told us that the majority of Syrians e g she talks to want to return – if and when there is peace again in their home country…
Most Africans however are pessimistic re their home countries, they would like to aty in Germany …

Observer
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The vile Csakò has got it right, although a bit behind the times: with the establishment of Orban’s fascist regime came “the loss of love, culture, family, and the values of the common past.” Czakó’s projected new world is already here – devoid of friendship, loyalty, perseverance , self-sacrifice, and bravery. Truth has disappeared.

Blind faith, doggish loyalty, obedience and total lack of morals/conscience are the features of the new orban-man (no women there).

Metzger
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Yes, Hungary is unique because even globally such sustained and comprehensive propaganda campaigns are very rare.

With Fidesz controlling well over 90% of Hungarian media even if people sometimes hear contrary views (from that relatively independent 5 to 10%) they tend to discount or dismiss those because otherwise from all sources including their friends they hear the consistent anti migrant propaganda.

The morale is that propaganda works. Access to media is key in politics. As long as Fidesz controls the media Hungarian democracy cannot exist because a free and independent media is a precondition for people to be able to form opinions and be able to vote. This is currently impossible in Hungary.

wrfree
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The great art critic Ruskin wrote: ‘Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts, the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three the only trustworthy one is the last’. But perhaps even then Magyar historians ( the occupation could be on life-support) scribbling on the 21st may have some trouble with the above. If they speak on the advancement of ‘civilization’ through deeds, words and art after thousands of destabilizing ‘Czako years’ they may be staring immobile at blank pages for a thousand more. But something can be written. There could be much to mine as the biros could scribble on marking an inexorable regression to the ‘primitive’ where the nation’s highest ‘art’ was none other than a smiling visage of some personage who they say went by the name of ‘Soros’. That sinister arsonist who singlehandedly raised fire causing vile migrants to flee their homes and burden the country with their fear. A look at the performance of ‘leaders’ and the arbiters of culture can only lead to one conclusion and that is… Read more »
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I am surprised that the gap between the fear from refugees and from ISIS is not greater. Of course, any real fear of refugees is bogus, but only to be expected given government propaganda. People in Hungary really do seem to have caught on to this and talk about it on a day-to-day basis. But the figure for fear of ISIS is quite high, in point of fact, given that (in my experience) people in Hungary (with some reason) feel quite safe from ISIS attacks, what with there not having been any in Hungary, as far as I know. And a figure of 66% (relative to the 70% for the UK, say, which has experienced a number of real ISIS attacks!) seems rather high. I had rather thought that the government had persuaded people to fear refugees individually and culturally, rather than as terrorists. So my reading of the figures (if the figures are worth that much) is that the government has been even more successful with its propaganda (by ramming home the connection between refugees and ISIS) that I had previously thought.

Istvan
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Magyar Nemzet has an interesting article today, titled “Térdre kényszerítenék az oroszokat” by Gabor Stier. The article is nothing but a pro-Russian propaganda piece attacking the additional sanctions passed by the US Congress against Russia for attempting to destabilize our electoral process and signed into law by President Trump who opposed them but feared being over ridden on any veto attempt. Given the fact that Magyar Nemzet is owned by Lajos Simicska, who has repeatedly claimed to be anti-Russian and that his opposition to Orban is based on Orban’s selling out Hungary to Putin, the article is in that context simply shocking and it’s as if it were written by the SVR, which it really was. If one on the other hand assumes Simicska is just another overweight, but especially wealthy, Oligarch trying to make a buck its not so shocking at all. The article goes so far as to quote a Putin agent from the Moscow Institute for Political Bargaining that the USA is in the middle of a political civil war which see the war as pitting the traditional US elite against the apparently more progressive Trump in terms of Russian interests and global peace. The message of… Read more »
wrfree
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Re: POTUS and Russia..

The Russian investigation moves on … now to a grand jury.
Let’s hope Mueller can stay to do his job investigating possible criminal shenanigans.

It should be known to all that POTUS continues to rail that the current Russia obsession is a ‘fake story’ and consists of ‘total fabrication’. In a soon future time it will be unfortunate to actually see POTUS once again caught in his web of obfuscations and lies. This is a POTUS who does not understand the repercussions inherent in the flippant utterances of some words. And frankly his whole Presidency is an exercise in flippancy.

petofi
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The whirlwind will be reaped by the two political parties: Republicans, for allowing a dimwit to lead the party; and the Democrats for putting up the weakest of candidates–and cheated to do so–against him.

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