...The United States putting more pressure on the Hungarian government, while the European Union is remarkably restrained. How do you assess what is going on?
A recent statement by US Assistant Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Sarah Sewall has been very revealing. She was very clear by saying that the United States interprets its national interests rather broadly; the US allocated millions of dollars to finance various action plans in two dozen Central and Eastern European countries... Although, Sewall mentioned only Hungary and the Czech Republic it is clear that other countries of the region are also in the crosshairs of American foreign policy... We may conclude that there is not one square inch of land in the world today, which is free of the national security interests of the United States. It follows that besides the United States of America no other country in the world has the right to claim national sovereignty...The Americans are not only targeting Hungary but also the whole of Europe. Some time ago, they boasted investing millions of dollars in the Ukrainian regime change. We should also take into account the ongoing free trade and investment negotiations between the European Union and the US. So, it is clear that a major power struggle has been doing on in the world today, which targets not only Hungary, but the whole of Europe -- the stakes are high, the sovereignty of European nation states and the survival of real democracy in the world.
- What can we do in this situation, can we do anything at all?
...The solution to the problem is beyond our reach. It is completely useless to make diplomatic efforts to prove to the Americans that Hungary is not a revisionist state and for that reason they don't have to send troops to the country in the spirit of the Brezhnev doctrine. Hungary is only one pawn on the chessboard, but we are the kind of pawn that do not want to play the game according to the rules set up by the Americans. Looking at things from this point of view there are two things we can do - panic or or sit back calmly. The latter is the preferred option at the current situation because the key to solve the problem is not in our hands. We must learn how to live with this situation. This is not a new experience for us; ever since the Conquest in fact the whole of Hungarian history is full of these kinds of dilemmas. We have always been in the conflicting power zone of other powers. Sometimes, we had to fight wars, other times we had to strike a deal with the enemy or wait for better times to come. But in diplomacy unfortunately we have never been too good. Today, the task is not how to make ourselves more likable to the Americans but to find allies elsewhere.
- Do Americans pursue a war logic?
It seems that a totally irrational logic controls the world today. Petty, selfish, unfit individuals controlling the political agenda in the world; they decide on the fate of countries from North Africa to the Middle East to Europe; this looks like a long-term strategy, but in fact, these people pursue only momentary interests. Speaking of war logic, there are theories that say the first world war has never ended but continued as the second world war. Following this logic we can say that the second world war didn't end either but continued as cold war. Looking back on the past twenty-five years, it can be said that right now, we are in the midst of the fourth world war. We had a few peaceful years after the collapse of communism when we thought the unipolar world order would secure its positions in the world. But this is not what happened. The US has new rivals now – the emerging third world countries and Russia. They do not want to be satellites of the United States, neither Europe. The Pax Americana hasn't dawned upon us. All the current conflicts arising from this situation...
- Hungarian nationalist parties have always had tense relations with the Americans. Why is this so?
US Ambassador Mark Palmer clearly favored the "SZDSZ" party in 1990. The Americans viewed the Antall government and the MDF party with suspicion. During the Horn-Kuncze government the then, US ambassador sent only negative reports to Washington about the Hungarian opposition parties including Fidesz... For the sake of fairness, let's state that there were decent US Ambassadors in Hungary as well like Charles Thomas, George Herbert Walker III, Peter Tufo, April H. Foley and former US Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis at least, until the US State Departnem hasn't disciplined her (for being to friendly to the Orbán government ed.). In general we can say, when our country had loyal, patriotic governments, the US foreign apparatus always considered them as "problems to be solved." So the question is not that we created tension in US-Hungarian bilateral relations because the Americans have always sung the same song in the past twenty-five years.
- But what do they want?
It seems that the Americans are not satisfied anymore with the removal of the government but they want to replace the entire pro-government and opposition elites. Before the "SZDSZ" party went bankrupt, this formation was the most faithful supporter of American interests in Hungary. After the "SZDSZ" party left the political arena the Americans tried to build another controlled party by supporting the LMP...It didn't work out; now, they favor Gordon Bajnai who leads the "Egyutt" political formation (with 1% popular support ed.).
- Do you already see potential future politicians that could form the basis of the potential new elite?
Right now, the Americans are experimenting with liberal youth and other dubious characters; it is possible that the only role they assigned to these people is to maintain continuous tension in Hungarian society until - at the right moment - they nominate their own candidate for the job. It seems that these people are not lacking resources; they claim that they represent an entire generation. I don't think that the promoters of these forces can be taken seriously, when they say that the balance of power in Hungarian society can be changed before 2018 to the extent that these elements can come to power and form the next government...The promoters of dissent want to form a new controlled opposition party without which the country can't be governed. For twelve years, such strategy worked quite well – the liberal “SZDSZ” party was a tiny opposition force but had the capacity to blackmail its coalition partner, which had much broader support at that time.
- But back then, there was no Jobbik party yet.
Let's play with this idea! The fact that now, we have a radical nationalist party with considerable public support can play into the hands of the schemers. The Jobbik party benefited the most from the anti-government protests... If the demonization of the Jobbik party continues by calling it anti-Semitic, racist and so on and so forth this may create a situation that could force the Fidesz party to form a coalition with the controlled opposition. The point is not to allow any government to be formed in the future without the participation of the yet to be formed and controlled opposition force. From this point of view, growing public support for the Jobbik party and the weakening of the Fidesz party play right into the hands of the schemers. Of course, this is only hypothesis, but a very logical one. The odds that this worst-case scenario will ever happen are very low because luckily, voters are the ones that decide who will form the next government in Hungary...
(magyarhirlap.hu - hungarianambiance.com)