Viktor Orbán, the triumphant?

“Not a single refugee will step foot in here. This I can guarantee,” said Robert Kaliňák, Slovakia’s interior minister, on his way home from the EU summit called to deal with the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. Prime Minister Robert Fico’s populist left-wing government is obtaining technology from an American company called Hesco Bastion, which will allow it to erect a type of temporary, mobile barrier along key portions of its border with Hungary. The barrier is quick and easy to erect, requires fewer soldiers or police than the construction of a fence, but it is not generally used to secure borders over very long distances. 

But with the end of the EU summit, Hungary’s Viktor Orbán looked more like a winner, and Slovakia’s Fico government more like a tough-talking Slovak sidekick of their Hungarian big brother. Slovak nationalists won’t like this depiction one bit, but then again, the rabidly anti-Hungarian far-right politician, Marián Kotleba, surprised many by telling Mr. Orbán in a very friendly letter that “if Hungary falls, Slovakia will fall next, and then all of Europe,” as he heaped praise on the Hungarian prime minister for his tough stance on refugees.

Viktor Orbán chats with  the Christian Social Union leadership of Bavaria. CSU politicians have been supportive of Mr. Orbán's tough stance on refugees and critical of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Viktor Orbán's Facebook page.

Viktor Orbán chats with the Christian Social Union leadership of Bavaria. CSU politicians have been supportive of Mr. Orbán’s tough stance on refugees and critical of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Viktor Orbán’s Facebook page.

One could say that having friends like Mr. Kotleba isn’t much to write home about. But the fact is that Mr. Orbán has managed to pacify the perpetually confused Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) on the issue of refugees, to the point where the Socialists are effectively in agreement with the prime minister on his handling of the affair and the prime minister’s six points for solving the crisis, as presented in Brussels. Attila Mesterházy, the MSZP’s former leader, categorically declared that he can support Mr. Orbán’s six points, which include having the EU play a role in bolstering Greece’s borders against the arrival of further migrants, the creation of a list of safe countries accepted by all EU states, assessing whether or not to grant asylum status before a prospective refugee arrives within the Schengen Area, the fair worldwide distribution of refugees, so that Europe is not bearing the burden alone, special partnerships  and agreements with Turkey and Russia, which would then play a critical role in addressing the refugee crisis, and a requirement for all EU member states to collectively raise the amount of money that they contribute to the EU’s joint coffers.

Speaking on behalf of the tiny Hungarian Liberal Party, István Szent Iványi joined Mr. Mesterházy in praising Mr. Orbán’s plan, noting that “this is a realistic and good proposal.”

While Mr. Orbán was praised by these two left-centre parties, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó, received criticism for confusing his role as a spokesperson of the Fidesz party with his duties as the country’s foreign minister. Hungary’s diplomatic relations were in tatters and something had to be done to repair the damage–the Socialist and Liberal politicians agreed on this point.

What is really unfortunate, yet sadly in character, is that the democratic opposition was again several steps behind when it came to both formulating and effectively communicating their proposed strategy on the refugee crisis. All of the democratic opposition parties seem to constantly be playing a game of catch-up with Mr. Orbán, where they do little more than react to the government, but seldom act proactively by making a proposal, engaging the population and when they have some level of engagement, applying pressure on the government.

Mr. Orbán likes it just fine the way it is, I am sure. He can continue to dominate and fully dictate the parameters of the discourse on any issue, and the opposition will effectively work within those parameters without ever pushing the envelope and will usually act and speak in a way that is entirely predictable for the government. And one of Mr. Orbán’s political talents is to take the pulse of the population on an issue like migration or immigration, then make bombastic, scandalous statements that will enrage and horrify certain political and intellectual elites–who will, in turn, speak up and condemn these messages–while much of the population quietly nods their head in agreement with the strongman prime minister, seeing the “weak-kneed” liberal intelligentsia as being out of touch with reality.

The Hungarian democratic opposition and liberal intellectuals were absolutely right to stand up for certain principles surrounding a compassionate response to a crisis that has engulfed the region, and to speak out against government-sanctioned xenophobia. But what they consistently fail to do is to explain their message effectively to Hungarian society, to have real dialogue with voters at the local level and to discuss their principles with them.

Hungary’s democratic opposition does not have its ear to the ground. That’s one thing Mr. Orbán has been doing for a long time, and he has built a political career on feeling the pulse of the nation and then being several steps ahead of his opponents.

14 Comments

  1. Shame on the MSzP and the Liberals. Even if not all the proposals made by Orban and others are incoherent, no credit or credence whatsoever should be given Orban, for either his words or his actions, which have been, without exception, inhumane and duplicitous.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/viktor-orban-hungary-refugee-crisis_5601b038e4b0fde8b0d021e3

  2. Pierre Divenyi says:

    The liberal left is unable to explain their humanistic and logical vision for the simple reason that Orban holds essentially all media in his hands. The sad reality is that Orban has pulled all the soap boxes from under their feet and their natural height is unfortunately under 2 meters, so they will never stand out.

  3. “if Hungary falls, Slovakia will fall next, and then all of Europe,”

    Whether Hungary, Slovakia and other European countries will fall, depends on how quick they are to recognize that this is not a refugee crisis, it has nothing to to with racism, xenophobia, domestic rivalry for the velvet chair.

    This is a huge well prepared social engineering project led by Pope Francis, Angela Merkel and other top European power brokers. The first step to the right direction is to call the project his name. Making stupid steps like newspaper ads to the Arabs in their language in local papers only reveals the total incompetence of the Orban government which will encourage the project further on. They only will say thanks for the warning and prepare the migrating mass better and retrain their accompanying agents.

    All the countries are in debt. Bad debt. It’s all about money and the central European money cartel. No gold collateral security. The pyramid scheme is to collapse. But why is this social engineering, why creating conflicts that can lead to a war???

    Because it a special structure in which you can present credit as a pure element and you can call it currency, which will have the appearance of capital, but in reality, in its effect, it is negative capital. Therefore it will have the appearance of service, but in fact, it is indebtedness or debt and such as it becomes an economic inductance instead of being an economic capacitance, and if it cannot be balanced in any proper way, it will be balanced by the negation of population……war, social engineering or anything else that brings about genocide.

    War, social or engineering is therefore the convenient way of balancing of the system by killing the true creditors.

    But there is a flaw in this wicked system. The system itself is a flaw, therefore it cannot cure itself, the only thing they can do is to buy time. The system itself is a flaw. Now the question is whether Orban, Kaliňák and the others have the intellect to realize what is going on or obediently play the game through useless muscle flexing painting everything black. Or develop a very simple method that works against that destructive project.

    Energy. That’s the only thing the creators of this project is short of. They can’t get it through direct violence, only through manipulation.

    Clear, Mr.Orban, Kaliňák, or are you working for them?

  4. Viktor Orban is the Great Saviour of Hungary and Europe- Orban is the History’s Great! Orban is fighting the Islaminc hordes’ well planned invasion of Europe.

    • Saviour? How? Looks like he’s been following the same pattern all in his life. Survive — react — repeat. Repeat endlessly. Can we cal this governing?

      • Richard,

        I am from India, you have no idea what these barbarians will do once they enter your country. Thank God for Orban hes trying to keep them out. Muslims are wolves, disguised as helpless puppies right now. Do NOT let them in, or not you but your women and children will be sorry. You will be dead before you know it.

        I dont mean to insult you, but I am telling you that being so naive, you will pay for it dearly. National security comes before humanity.

        • Hi Rahul,
          thanks for your note. I lived in Muslim countries among Muslims and I know who they are and I know you are right. I might not be as naive as you put it.

          I certainly wouldn’t allow a single Muslim in Europe, and if you read my many of previous notes in different threads you can see that I never believed for a second that they are refugees, and I clearly noted this is an attempt to turn Europe into Muslim, and I declared this is not less then genocide for the Europeans. I also wrote about how Merkel and the Pope are trying to unite Muslim and Christianity in order to create one religion and one mixed raced without quality for easy control. Following the plan of Richard Coudenhove, who himself was a mixed race. (coudenhove-kalergi plan)

          But, Orban and Kaliňák, although — as I wrote earlier, — are doing the right thing they are doing it in a wrong way and they are deepening the crisis. That’s the problem. They are exactly doing what the ruling elite wants them to do.

          Creating steer, creating conflicts. Confronting!!!! That is not the way to keep Europe Muslim free. They, whether knowingly, or involuntarily are serving the project this way. Can’t you see how the world press are demonizing Orban and are using him to support the Muslim invasion? I don’t care about Orban, but Europe is becoming a slaughterhouse unless things change. And Orban with this unprepared fight is just making things worse.

          Please take your time and go back to read my comments on many previous threads.

          • Correctly: not less than genocide

          • Creating stir

          • Hi Richard,

            But what else can Orban or Fico do ? What would you do if you were in their place ? Hungary and Slovakia are not Germany that people will blindly follow them ?

            As far as the press demonizing them, it’s the House of Saud paying money left right and center. Paying and sending top models to politicians, businessmen, journalists, media, etc to keep saying “ISLAM IS PEACE”!

            If the whole world becomes, who stands to gain ? The House of Saud become emperors of the Earth.

          • If the whole world becomes Muslim, the House of Saud become Emperors of the Earth.

            In India, the Govt wants to pass a law that if any Hindu or Christian, etc marry, his wife becomes 50% owner to all his assets, irrespective those assets were gained before during or after marriage. And she can file divorce next day and take half the money.

            But this law does not apply to Muslims, and they can pay 300 Rs (6 USD) (if that was promised to the bride at time of marriage) and get a divorce because this is in Shariah.

            Why such a law ? Hindus won’t marry out of fear, Muslims will multiply a hundred fold. Kill your enemy without shedding a drop of blood. The law minister who wanted to introduce this law was a Muslim.

  5. I am from India and just want to say when India partitioned, Mahatma Gandhi let Muslims stay back in India even though half of them decided to go to the seperate state of Pakistan.

    Today they are such a headache for us, riots, crime, rape, prostitution, terrorism, spying and infiltration and constant desecration of our religious places.

    I recommend to all Europeans, please let Viktor Orban in charge, or not you, your children will pay the price.

    Don’t keep saying humanity, because these people (refugees) are not humans, they are Muslims, and they will not refuse cutting you to pieces because you do not believe in Allah. They will rape your daughters and kill your son. Don’t waste away what your ancestors left for you after fighting the crusades.

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