Hungary Leaves Doha No Deterrent For Prime Minister To Promote Civilization Agenda

By James M Dorsey

Hungary failed to qualify for the Qatar World Cup, but that hasn’t stopped Prime Minister Victor Orban from exploiting the current focus on world football to advance his Putinese definition of Central European borders, as defined by civilization and ethnicity, instead of internationally recognized borders.

Orban angered Ukraine and Romania for wearing a scarf depicting historical Hungary, which also includes parts of Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, to a local Hungarian football match.

It was the second time in a few months that Orban expounded his irredentist concept of geography, joining a club of expansionist leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, Israel’s Benyamin Netanyahu and members of the Indian power. elite, who define their country’s borders in terms of civilization rather than national terms.

Speaking in July to summer camp students at universities in Romania, home to 1.2 million ethnic Hungarians, Orban emphasized that “Hungary has… national… and even European ambitions. This is why… the motherland must stand together, and Transylvania and the other Hungarian-inhabited areas in the Carpathian Basin must stand together.”

Orban responded to Ukrainian and Romanian objections to his scarf, emphasizing that “football is not politics. Don’t read into it things that are not in it. The Hungarian national team belongs to all Hungarians, wherever they live!”

Hungary has accused Ukraine of restricting the right of an estimated 150,000 ethnic Hungarians to use Hungarian in education because of a 2017 law restricting the use of minority languages ​​in schools.

Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger presented Orban with a new scarf at a recent summit of Central European leaders in a touch of satire. “I saw that Viktor Orban has an old scarf, so I gave him a new one today,” Heger said on Facebook.

Orbán’s territorial ambitions may be less of a threat than his supremacy and racist stance.

That attitude forms the building blocks of a world of civilization he shares with Christian nationalists and Republicans in the United States, as well as a new Israeli coalition government that Netanyahu is forming. Putin has used similar arguments to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

Unlike Putin and possibly Netanyahu, depending on how the Biden administration responds to his likely coalition, Orban will depend much more tightly on territorial ambition as a member of NATO and the European Union.

As a result, what amounts to a mainstreaming of racism and supremacism by men like Orban, Netanyahu, and former US President Donald Trump, who consistently mainstream standards of decency and decency by violating them with impunity, is much more insidious.

Speaking a language shared by American Christian nationalists and Netanyahu’s potential coalition partners, Orban in his July speech rejected a “mixed race world”, defined as one “in which European peoples are mixed with people who come from outside Europe”.

The prime minister claimed that mixed-race countries “are no longer nations: they are nothing more than conglomerates of peoples” and are no longer part of what Orban sees as “the Western world”. The Prime Minister stopped identifying those countries, but the United States and Western European countries would fit.

In a similar vein, Trump recently declined to apologize for dinner with Ye, a rapper formerly known as Kanye West, who threatened to “go dead on Scam 3 about Jewish people,” and Nick Fuentes, a 24- year-old pro-Russian dealer in Holocaust denial and white supremacism.

Trump received the two men at his Florida resort Mar-a-Lago just after the launch of his 2024 presidential campaign. You were “really nice to me,” Trump said.

Candidates endorsed by Trump in last month’s US midterm elections, including Hershel Walker, who is running in the runoff in Georgia next week, were similarly comfortable with Ye and Fuentes.

Fuentes claimed days before the dinner that “Jews have too much power in our society. Christians should have all the power, everyone else very little,” while Ye’s manager, Milo Yannopoulos, announced that “we’re done putting Jewish interests first.”

Yonnopoulos added that “it’s time we put Jesus Christ first in this country again. Nothing and no one will stand in the way of us getting that done.”

Ye was featured in Infowars by notorious far-right radio host Alex Jones, expressing his admiration for Adolf Hitler. “I like Hitler,” said Ye, listing the various reasons why he admired the infamous Nazi leader.

Netanyahu’s likely coalition partners are seeking to legislate discriminatory differences between adherents of different Jewish religious denominations, erode Israeli democracy, introduce an apartheid-style system, dissolve the Palestinian Authority, expel Palestinians “not loyal to Israel” into what would amount to ethnic cleansing, women’s rights, and the reintroduction of homophobia.

Avraham Burg, an Israeli author, politician, businessman and scion of a powerful leader of a defunct once mainstream religious political party, warned in 2018 that Orban, Trump and Netanyahu are “the leaders of paranoia and phobia”.

Burg warned that they “represent a global phenomenon that transcends all boundaries, ethnic, racial or religious, converging into a tribal ghetto smaller than the modern state, which is diverse and encompasses all of its citizens. Their vehement hostility to the foundations of democracy and the attempt to harm as many of the achievements and benefits of the open society as possible are evidence of inherent weaknesses and genuine existential anxieties.”

Burg’s gloomy vision is even more real today than when he spoke out four years ago. (IPA service)

In consultation with the Arab Post

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