It’s no surprise that the former Stalinist states of Eastern Europe and the USSR are breeding grounds for fascism. The treacherous Stalinist regimes were run by reactionary thugs who could hardly pose as a feasible alternative to fascism. Stalinism left the natural opponents of fascism – trade unions, gays and lesbians, minority ethnic groups, etc. – politically disarmed and demoralized. But, now that Hungarian fascists have thrown down the gauntlet, that will have to change. The liberal government, like all their predecessors in nations challenged by aggressive fascism, will simply bury its head in the sand. The key elements for isolating and disarming the fascists are well known. Primary among them is political unity based on the solitary goal of defeating fascists. The constituent elements of these coalitions won’t agree on all issues but have to agree on stopping fascism because it’s a matter of life and death. They’ll have to expect the worst because fascists have contempt for constitutional and legal restrictions. The formation and use of union based defensive militias will soon take the wind out of fascist sails. The coalition members will have to adhere to the principle of ‘An injury to one is an injury to all.’ as if their lives depended – they do. They’ll need the help and support of trade unionists, gays and lesbians, etc., especially from EU nations, to lay a heavy hand on the fascists when they start their campaigns of beatings, murders and intimidation.
This new movement in Hungary is disturbing beyond belief. This “paramilitary wing” can only go one direction and the outcome is obvious. 1943 Germany ring any bells?It amazes me how can a government of an EU country allow the formation of this bunch of brown shirt thugs. It should ban the organisation rather than “monitor for illegal activity” (how can a group like this have any legal purpose?), and send out a very clear message that this kind of fascism has no place in a modern EU country.
Sadly the liberal and conservative governments of EU states have limited their response to the growth of fascism to futile bleating and whining. In the last decade the German skinhead/fascist movement has killed many and the number of beatings and physical attacks is past counting. Gays and lesbians are among those targeted. This has unfolded under SPD and CDU governments. Just last week several Indian nationals were attacked. As Der Spiegel puts it “The attack on eight Indian men in the eastern German town of Mügeln on August 18 has triggered the usual soul-searching about the causes of right-wing extremism. But the debate usually subsides after a few weeks, leaving anti-Nazi campaigners and foreigners in eastern Germany to struggle on their own.” Der Spiegel went on to say, “Anything is possible, as was the case in the past after attacks in Guben, Potsdam, Pretzien, Leipzig and Halberstadt. The wave of public sentiment is, most of all, an expression of one thing: the helplessness of government leaders.” We cannot count on these governments but must rely on ourselves and our allies to build a movement to defend against these swine. The consequences of not doing so are well known.
Unfortunately,Hungarians are so chauvinistic that it is almost impossible to criticize them.I know because I live there.Although the right wing is loud it is a very small minority,but the right wing parties (like the American Republicans in the US) do not condemn them because they are pro-family,anti-Gay,etc.The Hungarian Guard is so racist,but almost nobody publicly criticizes them because then they are called traitors (like me).I am not Jewish,but to see anti-semitic graffitti everywhere and actually see the Nazi salute almost daily makes me ashamed of being Hungarian.To add insult to injury,Hunarian media almost always reports these riots and attacks as “demonstrations”.
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I’m a homophobe, but I’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with you guys against the Fascist mob!