Today it’s Churchill, tomorrow it will be our statues

Tamás Horváth

Original Hungarian article

Damage inflicted upon the statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Budapest is just the beginning. If we do not act with sufficient determination against Antifa, the same will happen to important figures from our own Hungarian history. Opinion.

As has become apparent in the events of recent weeks, participants in the unrest in the United States would rewrite history in the spirit of utopian, left-wing social aspirations: they would damage and tear down the statues of those they deem racist one after the other.

In the age of globalism, it is not surprising, that this left-cultural “folk revelry” spread to Europe within moments, with anti-fascists and human rights activists turning against statues on the old continent as well. (My colleague, Dávid Filipp, wrote a great article about the self-hating mentality of the statue-breakers, which can be read here).

By the logic of their own ideology, anyone can be a racist, so there are not many historical personalities who would not be threatened with posthumous condemnation. Needless to say, white politicians, writers, poets, painters, and businessmen will start with an advantage, but a darker skin colour no longer affords protection today: in Washington and London, for example, statues of Mahatma Gandhi, the former Indian independence activist, were damaged, saying he had made “racist” statements during his lifetime.

As was unfortunately expected, the anti-statue fever reached Hungary as well. The first victim was a statue of Winston Churchill in Budapest, upon which – presumably – anti-fascist perpetrators scribbled the words “racist”, “nazi”, and “BLM”.

(It is no longer worthwhile to delve into the logical contradiction of how the former British Prime Minister could have been a Nazi when before and during the Second World War he was one of Hitler’s main critics and then his enemy. We are already accustomed to the “left-liberal revolutionaries” being interested in everything in the heavenly world – except facts…)

The desecration of Churchill’s statue in Városliget would hardly be newsworthy on its own, because – let’s be honest – the former British Prime Minister is not an overly positive political figure: we were recipients of Anglo-Saxon Allied bombing during World War II as well. If, on the other hand, we put events in context, it becomes clear that this is just the beginning, that Churchill’s humiliation is merely a warm-up.   

The Antifa movement, which operates as a de facto terrorist organisation in the United States and Western Europe, is also present in Hungary, riding a foreign tailwind in carrying out its destructive efforts to subvert society. Fortunately, the situation is still manageable here in Hungary, there are not many violent anti-fascists, and most of the actions so far have been more of a farce than any real threat. But seeing what is going on in the West, it is far from certain that this will remain the case – a snake is worth trampling on, even before it hatches from the egg.

If, on the other hand, we do not act with sufficient determination against Antifa, our statues will come next after Churchill’s. In the blink of an eye, well-known figures from Hungarian history and literature may become “racist”, “Nazi”, “misogynistic”, “homophobic”, or even “anti-Semitic”. Let us have no illusions, for them equally unacceptable will be, say, St. Stephen (according to the inconsequent logic of the anti-fascists: a Catholic bigot, who trampled upon the liberal values of religious tolerance), János Hunyadi (an Islamophobe, who defended the country instead of kneeling before the Turks), and possibly Lőrinc Szabó (a racist, who proclaimed white superiority in his children’s poem The Snow is Falling with the lines: The road is now white | The Russian’s now white | The negro’s half-black | And there’s no Black Jack…). Ignoring the circumstances of a given age, they impose their standards on everyone retrospectively, without batting an eye.

The cultural struggle that has been going on for hundreds of years, and spinning at a higher speed since 1968, has now reached its zenith: the foundations of our values and way of life are in danger. Churchill today, our statues tomorrow, our mere existence the next day.

Today, the line can still be drawn. It will be too late tomorrow.

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