Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that Hungary will welcome European refugees:
Of course, we shall let in true refugees: Germans, Dutch, French and Italians, terrified politicians and journalists who here in Hungary want to find the Europe they have lost in their homelands.
That comment was an aside in a speech he delivered yesterday, in which he defined the five major threats his country must defend itself against in 2017. Orbán’s statement is a brilliant gambit. Here is why: Eastern European countries are being attacked by the EU as undemocratic. What they are really attacked for is being anti-globalist. As the chairman of Poland’s governing party noted in 2015:
To say that democracy in Poland is in peril is ridiculous, to put it mildly. If anyone in Europe should be concerned for their freedom, it is the citizens in the West. If there is any place where political correctness and criminal law prohibit speech, it is not in Poland.
In that context, Orbán reframes the accusations by shining the light on the tyranny of multiculturalism. Images of Western European families or prominent public figures finding asylum in Hungary, and many more seeking to follow them, would be powerful symbolism and another repudiation of the EU project. It would do for nationalism what Soviet defectors did for America’s vaunted freedom during the Cold War. His statement is also a gesture of solidarity with Western European dissidents.
But it is also a gambit because mass movements of people are at the heart of our crisis. Hungary is a small country, about the size of Maine. History teaches its lessons about the tendency of refugees, even when in modest numbers, of taking over their host country. Example: Yanks have made North Carolina a swing state. Aesop had a fable about a bitch and her whelps: one dog gives another shelter in her kennel, only to be driven out by the guest’s pups when they grew up.
Western Europeans who’d move east would be more likely to be Protestant, of completely different customs and temperaments than their hosts, instinctively liberal, more disposed toward political activism, as well as in possession of connections and resources that would help them turn Hungarians into a townie underclass in their own country.
I made an argument that Eastern Europe cannot accommodate a mass influx of Westerners here.
The article I linked at the top of the post is worth reading. Just one excerpt:
According to Mr. Orbán, it will also be necessary to take up arms against increasingly strong activists from international organisations, and against covert foreign attempts to exert influence. This is the work of paid activists from international organisations and their offices in Hungary: “Here there are large predators swimming in the water, and this is the transnational empire of George Soros”. Despite the will of the people declared last autumn in Hungary’s quota referendum, the international financier’s organisations “are working to bring hundreds of thousands of migrants into Europe”, he said.
There is a lot more. When this is all over, Viktor Orbán will be recognized as the savior of Europe.