Friday, August 19, 2011
The Germans are Losing Their Patience with Hungary
Hungary, left alone, is reverting to its national character of a bitter, aggressive, fascist Eastern European enclave. Unique in Europe, they are honouring the Nazi troops defeated by the Red Army, they are organizing forced-labour-camps for the gypsies, they are disenfranchising "unrecognized" churches, they are fomenting conflict with the South Slavs. The State-owned media's favorite subject is the eternal Jewish conspiracy against Hungary, but in a way mysteriously unconnected to the real - and flourishing - Jewish community. The Germans are uneasy with the glorification of the Wermacht and its Hungarian fascist ally's heroism in the East; in fact, Hungarians are increasingly perceived as embarrassing operetta-Nazis. Even the emergent European right wing cannot swallow them.