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Samantha Power & Color Revolution In Hungary

USAID Administrator comes to Budapest to 'strengthen democratic institutions and civil society'. Uh-oh
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It's never a good thing when Samantha Power says she's in town, and ready to help:

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"Locally driven initiatives". Right. According to a US Embassy press release, here's why the USAID Administrator was here:

I remind you that Hungary is a democratic country that is a member of the European Union and the NATO alliance. It is led by a government that won re-election in a 2022 landslide that was widely recognized as free and fair. This is also a government that does not support the United States-led strategy to prolong the Russia-Ukraine war, does not believe in globalist principles on open immigration, does not support same-sex marriage, and will not permit LGBT propaganda to be presented to minors.

Clearly it is ripe for a Color Revolution -- and Samantha Power is here to help.

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We all like the things that Power says she's here to advocate, but unless you fell off a turnip truck, you know that these terms are code for "do things the liberal globalist way." The fact that the Hungarian opposition parties are in such lousy shape is not a sign that Hungary is anti-democratic, for example. As I wrote here last year when I was living in Budapest during the election campaign, it was easy to find voters everywhere who had lots of complaints about the Viktor Orban government, but who said that they planned to vote for him because they didn't trust the opposition's competence. A friend of mine actually voted for the opposition, but told me later that seeing how Orban has handled the war situation, he wishes he had voted for Fidesz. To a lot of globalist types, the fact that Hungarian voters keep choosing, in free and fair elections, the candidate that Washington and Brussels dislike, means that democracy is deeply flawed in Hungary.

Therefore, the Biden administration dispatches Samantha Power to "strengthen democratic institutions" in an allied country. I have not seen a list of the organizations that USAID is supporting in Hungary, so I hope I'm wrong about this, but I think the word "democratic" in Power's formulation is a synonym for "anti-Orban".

Or take Power's promise to "support independent media." Whenever Americans ask me about Hungary, they have this idea that the Orban government controls the media. It's absurd. Here is a very helpful explanatory essay of Hungarian media culture by Boris Kalnoky, a veteran correspondent for Die Welt in Germany, and now director of the media school at Mathias Corvinus Collegium in Budapest. He is well respected for his independence.

He begins by pointing out that journalism culture in Hungary is not like in the US:

It should be said at this point that the perception of the role and function of journalism is quite different in Hungary—indeed, in all formerly communist countries—from that generally held in the West. For Westerners, journalism is the ‘fourth power’ of democracy. It seeks to keep politicians honest. Free, independent media acts as a check and balance to political power. Independent journalism makes politics transparent and informs citizens in an objective way, so they can make informed decisions when they elect a new government. That is the theory. In reality, the credibility and honesty of modern journalism have become a subject of debate even in the West.

This, in any case, is not how most Hungarians view the media. Even many journalists themselves do not believe this. Certainly, no politician does. For them, journalism is not a check on power. It is an instrument of power. No matter whether they help the government or fight it, the media outlets are seen as weapons in the political power game. How else could it be, after the collective experience of media under communism?

Most political journalists choose sides. When I agreed to lead the media school of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium in 2020 (an institution viewed by most as being pro-government), my one wish was to hire journalists (as teachers) who were connected to no political camp, and who were universally regarded as neutral, objective, and fair-minded. All colleagues I sounded out on this matter agreed that no such person existed in Hungary. That says something about the journalistic culture of the country.

Kalnoky then explains the media culture in Hungary from the fall of communism until Viktor Orban's return to government in 2010, concluding:

The point I would like to make is this: Hungary’s media market was not a naturally evolved, healthy, and independent media environment before Orbán regained power in 2010. It was, to a significant extent, a political market, and that market had been cornered by the left. Such media as existed was as a rule connected to political parties or at least political camps in one way or another. Independent journalism in the Western sense of the term was rare.

The standard story is that after 2010, Orban started suppressing press freedom. It's not true, though to leftists and liberals who were used to having a monopoly on media discourse, diversity may look like suppression. More Kalnoky:

Describing the media market as being fully dominated by the governing party gives a very incomplete view of the story. The Hungarian media landscape has remained pluralistic, critical voices remain influential, and the spectrum of published political opinion remains broad. The biggest TV channel, German-owned RTL, is critical of the government. So is the biggest daily tabloid, Blikk, owned by Swiss publishing house Ringier, whose online edition ranks among the top four in digital ratings on most days. The biggest political weekly magazine is independent Hvg. The biggest political broadsheet is left-wing Népszava. Of the four biggest news portals—apart from Blikk—two are very critical of the government (24.hu and Telex.hu). Index.hu, under its new owners, has become more government-friendly, but not a propaganda instrument. Only Origo.hu is a decidedly pro-government news portal.

These are the most recent statistics: in September 2021, the most-viewed news site was the independent, politically critical portal 24.hu with almost 3.6 million real users. Second, third and fourth were centrist Index.hu, pro-government Origo. hu and the foreign-owned, politically independent website of the Swiss-owned tabloid Blikk, each with around 3.3 million real users.

He goes on to give lots of figures showing how strong the opposition media are, contrary to the received opinion among US and Western European elites. More:

Altogether, the media market of 2021 is less politically one-sided than that of, say, 2005, when the eight-year socialist–liberal era of 2002–2010 was at its apogee. Hungary’s media continues to make life difficult for any government in power.

The simplest reason for this is Hungary’s legal guarantee of press freedom, enshrined in the constitution as well as in the media law of 2010. This legal guarantee duly reflects the political mentality of a country that liberated itself from communist totalitarianism in a peaceful revolution in 1989–1990. The very practical consequence of this is that the market will always move to satisfy the demand for critical reporting. There is always demand for media that is critical of the government of the day, whoever may be in power.

If some critical media outlets disappear, the market share of other publications which satisfy that demand will grow. For instance, the circulation of left-wing daily Népszava tripled to more than 20,000 after the former market leader Népszabadság was closed by its foreign owner. When the news portals Origo, and later Index, stopped being vocal critics of the government, another critical portal, 24.hu, rose to the top of the internet rankings, while a new website, Telex.hu, quickly ascended to the top ten.

If you want more details about the media situation here, read the whole thing. The idea that the US Government needs to spend taxpayer dollars to support opposition newspapers in Hungary -- again, a democratic NATO ally -- is insulting and manipulative. How would you feel if a country with the financial resources of China dedicated tens of millions of dollars to promoting its own ideological interests in the United States? One thing American conservatives learn very quickly in this part of the world is that when the United States, especially under a Democratic administration, talks about neutral-sounding things like "rule of law," "independent journalism," and "strengthening democracy," that language is a cover for advancing US strategic and ideological interests. Laws, journalism, and democratic practices that result in outcomes that globalists do not like are bad. Democracy is only democracy when the people vote how Washington and Brussels want them to.

Of course I have no idea what Samantha Power's ideas about media are back in the US, so it would be unfair to attribute the beliefs of someone else to her. Nevertheless, it is probably significant to note this recent essay in the Washington Post by Len Downie Jr., the Post's former executive editor, in which he detailed the findings of a big survey he and a colleague, the former head of CBS News, made of journalism leaders in the US. They discovered that the captains of newsrooms are now abandoning traditional professional standards built around "objectivity" in favor of a subjectively left-wing bias. This, Downie believes, is a good thing, a progressive thing. What the essay shows is the coalescing of liberal elite opinion around the idea that media only tells the truth when it reports from a left-wing point of view. Again, I cannot say what Samantha Power's take on this is, but we can at least say that if her opinion in that regard is representative of her professional class, then she will not think that the ideological diversity of mainstream media outlets in Hungary -- arguably a greater diversity of opinion than we have in the US -- is a good thing. So, when I read that Power is here in Budapest to support "independent journalism," I read the word independent as a synonym for "left-wing" or "anti-Orban".

Here, from a December 2022 USAID press release, is how the US Government is going to "help" countries in Central Europe that are democratic members of the EU and NATO alliance:

Furthermore, advancing wokeness is part of USAID's strategy, according to its 2022 Joint Strategic Plan:

It's not enough that liberal elites are busy screwing up America with DEI and other manifestations of wokeness. They have to export the revolution to Central Europe.

A few years ago, I wrote about how USAID partnered with George Soros's philanthropy to the tune of funneling $5 million to the country of Macedonia, to support activism there. Among its accomplishments: translating Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals into the local language, and distribute it widely there. This is what the radicals of the Obama administration consider to be "international development." And I highlighted at $300,000 USAID grant proposal to send culture-war mercenaries into that small, conservative, religious Balkan country, and queer it. That's what America does, you know.

Anyway, good luck, Hungary! In the Obama administration, national security council member Samantha Power, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice, was a principal advocate of American support for armed intervention in Libya, which toppled the Qaddafi dictatorship, but that turned Libya into a warlord zone, ISIS haven, and human rights catastrophe. Obama later called the Libya debacle his worst mistake.

Power's reputation in Washington is as a passionate idealist. Beware liberal idealists who come promising to help your country be a better place. What they really want is a Color Revolution.

UPDATE:

Ms. Power is here to bring the blessings of American liberty to the poor benighted Magyars:

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Mario Diana
Mario Diana
“How would you feel if a country with the financial resources of China dedicated tens of millions of dollars to promoting its own ideological interests in the United States?”

Now who’s being naïve, Kay?
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Fran Macadam
Fran Macadam
Sam Power is the neoliberal doppelganger of neocon "Cookie" Nuland. I wonder if it will cost a similar $5 billion to coup Orban to flee for his life. More, with Bidenflation. We should know by now that American democracy promotion means promoting subservience to the world's premier hegemonic democracy. Sadly paragraphs in the Declaration of Independence are used yoencourage all peoples everywhere to imitate the American revolutionaries and violently overthrow all governments in the world and establish imitations of America. Even if it takes covert CIA action. In a new Woke Age that envisions Woketopia everywhere, when it leads nowhere, even Betsy Ross' flag is now claimed to be terrorist, so this excuse is clearly more deception and disinformation, yet another perversion of our Nowhere men.
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Giuseppe Scalas
Giuseppe Scalas
The Hungarian Gov't better kick her out as "persona non grata".
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Fran Macadam
Fran Macadam
Power is an apt moniker. She's one of the authors of the cynical Clintonian subterfuge abbreviated to "RTP" - the masquerade for destabilizing wars of choice as violent "Right to Protect" interventions that supposedly protect vulnerable populations from their own governments. So an accusation that is really propaganda becomes the excuse to launch "preemptive" wars. No wonder there is no longer lip service to mentioning Just War, let alone all the necessary criteria. Their theory is that any old imperial war profiteering is Just War that must keep revenue streams expanding under War Capitalism, which form of economy even Adam Smith called diabolical. It's a perversion that our genuine ideals have become so perverted. Bad that's evil, with no basis for its own existence save distorting the good.
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    Fran Macadam
    Fran Macadam
    Sorry, handheld corrected R2P...
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Fran Macadam
Fran Macadam
Glad you are there so we can hear what's happening first hand what's really transpiring in Hungary, free of propaganda and silence.

Sure sounds like there's a pest in Budapest, trying to infest.
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Fran Macadam
Fran Macadam
Isn't it amazing. At home, they hate independent reporters and cancel them for "misinformation."
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Bogdán Emil
Bogdán Emil
As far as I am aware, the “color revolutions” were social upheavals originating domestically first of all, and taken advantage of by outsiders only secondarily. They were not fomented by foreign agents on the whole, because common sense compels me to believe that it is not impossible but extremely difficult to create turmoil out of nothing. These societies had existing problems and divisions that most likely broke to the surface on their own. In Ukraine’s case, the voting patterns in the country long presaged the split that is happening, and it was the Ukrainians themselves who marched on their elected government and violently protested and “occupied” for months. The Americans didn’t cause that, nor the Russians. It was baked into the existing Ukrainian cake, just like into the Arab Spring. To place the primary blame for such complex socio-cultural movements on shadowy outside powers not only credits Them with inflated abilities, but absolves the individuals who compose those fractured and breaking societies of personal responsibility.

From my own generalized understanding of Hungarian society and history, I conclude that Samantha Power’s mission will not only fail, but spectacularly backfire, since there are no significant national divisions in Hungary to exploit currently. The situation is quite the opposite: there is broad national consensus, which Westerns don’t seem to want to grasp. Furthermore, the Hungarians are a bit angry and disappointed about the civilized overlords, and would welcome the chance to spiritually unite against their unjust dictates and suddenly appearing proconsuls.

The country’s philosophy is guided by the mission of healing the wound of Trianon as much as possible, however possible. We have tons of Magyar minorities living outside our shrunken borders. Up to a quarter of the nation doesn’t live in Hungary, and it feels aggrieved. But unlike the Russians, we don’t resort to war. Unlike the Irish and the Basques and Kurds and Arabs and many others, we haven’t resorted to terrorism. However, we do have a national problem that calls for answers. Currently, we have taken the step of granting dual citizenship to Hungarians outside of Hungary. It sure would help if the EU as well as America paid a little more attention to a civilized and heroic people who have been condemned to live in FIVE COUNTRIES as war reparations, or something. We didn’t even cause the war, and we got punished harsher than the Germans. Then the Soviets crushed us. Okay? Read some Hungarian history, because it’s enlightening, and listen to Hungarian music, because it’s wonderful and lively and infectious. Try Hungarian food and wine. Then, when you’re ready, modern Hungarian politics await, as well.

There is no revolution coming to Hungary. Magyars haven’t had a proper domestic social upheaval since the peasant revolts of the Middle Ages. Every famous revolution of ours has been against an occupying power. Outsiders know they can’t really split the Hungarians, which is precisely what our frenemy overlords have tried to do with Trianon. So, our main goal is to prove their efforts a failure, and spiritually stay united, holding on to our culture, language and history, even if we don’t live in the same mother country.

Therefore, whoever can best strategize about that overwhelmingly prominent national goal will lead Hungary. So, if America wants to help with that, great. But if it does not want to help, if instead it wants to displace the leader of the country, who is approximately five times as popular as any of his nearest rivals, who best articulates the Magyar id, then good luck, Joe Biden and Sam Power. You will fail, because the Hungarians are irrepressible, and currently we’re coiled like a spring.

Note well, all this is not Hungarian irredentism against our neighbors, it is just the case of a humbled nation getting up off the mat.
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    Fran Macadam
    Fran Macadam
    All well and good, but don't underestimate the power of evil to triumph when
    propagandized by well funded subversion. It already happened in America and is spreading. No population is immune to the temptations of perversion. They even accuse others of doing what they do themselves, such as accusing Russia of exploiting divisions and undermining democracy in America, while actually doing it themselves. False flag violence isn't out of the question either.
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    Peter Kurilecz
    Peter Kurilecz
    "We didn’t even cause the war, and we got punished harsher than the Germans" forgetting that it was Austria-Hungary which decided to attack Serbia following the assassination of Franz Ferdinand
    "Up to a quarter of the nation doesn’t live in Hungary, and it feels aggrieved" which is understandable, but when portions of Slovakia, Romania etc were part of Hungary, Hungary suppressed those languages as well magyarizing town names etc. People of Slovak descent still resent how Hungary ruled over Slovakia
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      Bogdán Emil
      Bogdán Emil
      Austria-Hungary was a dual monarchy in name only, in reality it had one monarch, the Austrian Emperor, ruling in Vienna. Budapest played second fiddle. Compared to the might of the French, Germans, Russians, and Brits arrayed against each other in a war pose, just waiting for an excuse to fight each other, the Hungarian effect was negligible. Even in the Dual Monarchy, Vienna was the foreign policy driver. Nonetheless, yes, despite our initial misgivings and protests, we played our part. However, nobody in Budapest had to urge the Europeans to slaughter each other.

      You are right that Hungarians have our sins, even Orbán admits to them. But I don't believe in ancestral sin, and I don't care if you resent me for the sins of my fathers and grandfathers, for that only betrays your ignorant savagery and tendency toward ethnic hatred. I put it so strongly because I strongly believe that you are stating a falsehood. Hungary ruled Slovakia for a thousand years and spent less than fifty of those years trying to "magyarize" the Slovals.

      Unlike Croatia, for many long centuries the Slovaks had no formal autonomy under the Magyar Crown. And yet, Slovaks have not disappeared, far from it. Tell me, how is it possible that they survived so excellently and proudly?

      As for Magyars, some of our greatest national heroes have Slovak origins, yet for some reason, those individual Slovaks were able to find the Magyars very attractive. Nobody forced them. Have you heard of Petőfi?

      In those cases where people were forcibly "magyarized" it was obviously wrong, very clearly. So is thinking that two wrongs make a right.

      It's very, very easy for me to declare forced assimilation Wrong and Evil and all around reprehensible, since my own name was "romanianized" in an ethnic revenge campaign against Hungarians, underwritten by precisely the kind of resentment you describe. In Romania. But I've heard of what goes on in Slovakia, as well. It's shameful how they treat the Magyar minority sometimes. It's bafflingly ignorant and menacing to suggest that Hungarians did it before, so now they should have the same thing done to them.

      Tell me, Peter, how do you feel about eternal revenge campaigns and blood feuds based on the concept of generational ethnic guilt?
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Bogdán Emil
Bogdán Emil
THE SWORD OF GOD

Attila was already in the new homeland when he had an unusual dream one day. He dreamt that the sky ruptured, and a hoary old man descended from the clouds, and tied a sword to the king’s waist. But this was a very special sword. Its hilt was pure gold, yet the most unusual thing about it was that when he grasped it with his hands, he saw the whole world in front of him, with its endless forests, its glittering cities and its fearsome armies. And as he grasped the sword and swung it in every direction, toward the four corners of the world, the great forests bent, the seas broke asunder, the cities were lit aflame, and the armies were cast to the ground.

“Well, this was an unusual dream. What could it mean?” wondered the king, and he ordered his advising priests, the shamans, to interpret it.

“This is not a difficult dream to interpret, great lord,” said the oldest shaman. “What this means is that God gave you a replica of his own sword, so that you may conquer the world with it.”

And, at that very moment, the curtains of the great tent swung aside, and the warriors standing guard led a young shepherd boy in front of the king. There was an unusual sword in the boy’s hand, a golden-hilted one. He offered it to the king.

“Where did you get this thing, lad?” asked Attila with amazement.

The young shepherd fell to his knees, and his words came haltingly.

“As I was tending to my flock at dawn, my lord king, I noticed that the white ewe was limping, and leaving bloody tracks on the ground. I looked around to see what could have pierced her leg in all that silky grass. Well, this sword’s point was protruding from the soil. As I reached to grasp it, flames came springing forth.

“I ran away in fear, just looking at it from a distance as the sword was on fire. Suddenly, the flames went out, and by the time I got there again, the entire sword was already out of the ground, laying there on the grass. I lifted it up and I brought it to you, great lord, because it is yours by right!”

“This is the Sword of God!” shouted the shamans.

Attila then looked up toward the skies, and he swung the sword to the east, the west, the north, and to the south, and he said:

“Stars fall, ground shatters: here’s the time of wonders!
Here I am, here I am, great scourge of the Earth!
All the nations I will bring under my heels:
There is no lord of this whole world, but me!”
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Bogdán Emil
Bogdán Emil
THE PATH OF HOSTS

If the head dies, so the body perishes with it. After Attila, his tremendous empire fell apart. The conquered people rebelled, and the Hun descendants turned their weapons against each other. Attila’s sons died in bloody battles. Only one of them was left alive, the youngest, the favorite: Prince Csaba. As the formerly enslaved nations divided up the country among themselves, Csaba gathered the remaining Huns, and told them:

“Far, far away, where the sun rises, in the lands of Scythia there live our good kinfolk, our Magyar brothers. If you wish, I can lead you there, and then we will come back together and reconquer our father Attila’s country.”

And so, the Hun armies indeed set out, barely a few thousand warriors with their women and children, but they could not get any farther than the snowy peaks of Transylvania. There, camped alongside the Réka stream, Csaba split the Huns in two.

“Half of us will come with me, back to Scythia, to bring news to the brothers, while the other half will stay here among these great peaks, and await our return.”

He taught those who remained to build stone houses instead of living in tents, and said to them:

“Until the fires turn cold,
Until the rivers run dry,
Until winters turn to spring,
Until blessings come from the sky,
Until then, my good people, seat here!” [székelj, szék = seat]

And that is how this people’s name became Székely. And to give them even more motivation to stay there, among a sea of enemies, Prince Csaba promised them that he will turn back around with his army immediately to help, if they ever send news of trouble.

“You may send messages by fire or by water, your messenger can be the air, or even our Earth mother itself.”

Csaba and his Huns were barely a day’s ride away when suddenly a great windstorm shook the forests all around them, sending news by air:

“Turn back, Csaba, turn back, the Székelys are in trouble!”

The Huns immediately turned around, and cut down the enemies who were attacking the Székelys.

Then they headed back towards Scythia. They did travel quite a distance, until: a flooded river stood in their path. Water was bringing the message:

“Turn back, Csaba, turn back, the Székelys are in trouble!”

By the third time, they were beyond countless kingdoms already, when a hailstorm met them with tremendous thunder and lightning. Fire in the sky was delivering the message. They turned around, and once again saved their Székely blood and kin from the enemy. And then they finally arrived in Scythia without any more delays.

The Magyars greeted the Hun brothers with great love. They shared their tents and their bread, they listened to the news of Attila’s lands, and finally they said:

“We are too weak right now to shoulder such an inheritance. We have to multiply still. Stay with us until then, and we will set out together!”
Csaba and his people did settle down among the Magyars. They did grow old gracefully, and finally, they closed their eyes for that eternal dream, and the Magyars buried them under beautiful green mounds, along with their horses and swords.

That is where they slept for hundreds of years undisturbed. And then, an enemy appeared again around the Székelys in Transylvania. This enemy was even greater and more powerful than any beforehand. For a whole week straight, the Székelys struggled, but to no avail! There were too many enemies!

They fought their final battle in the darkness of night. The ground shook and shivered under their feet in that great strife, as the elders of the Székelys sighed:

“Oh, our father, Csaba, you can’t help us anymore, either!”

But he helped them, even then.

Székely feet on the ground sent tremors through the lands of countless nations, and shook the dead Huns sleeping underneath green mounds:

“Wake up, Csaba, wake up, the Székelys are in trouble!”

At that very moment, there was a great noise and sound above the skies of Transylvania. Reins were rattling, swords were clashing, Prince Csaba’s shining horsemen appeared in the skies among the stars.

“Don't give up, Székelys! Here we come with Csaba! The dead are riding down from the sky to help the living!” And the Székelys found new strength.

Their enemies were overcome with fear and dread. They threw away their weapons, and ran mindlessly wherever they could. Who can fight a battle with souls riding the skyways?

The Székelys were freed from danger. And Csaba’s host of brave warriors returned to the green mounds on the same road that they came. That shining path in the sky which was made by the hooves of their horses is still there, shining. That is the Milky Way, which the Székelys still call the Path of Hosts, to this day. You can see it every night for yourself, if you look up.
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Bogdán Emil
Bogdán Emil
THE COMING OF THE MAGYARS

Five hundred years had passed since the Huns separated from the Magyars, and began their journey seeking a new homeland. During those five hundred years the Magyars also multiplied in Scythia, and felt strong enough to conquer Attila’s lands, their inheritance.

Before they started on the great trek, the elders and shamans and leaders of the people sat in council.

The Magyars consisted of seven tribes at that time. Each of them had their own chieftain, and none involved themselves with the others’ business. And this surely was not good practice for a nation seeking to conquer a new homeland with war and battle.

“The birds also choose a leader for themselves when they take on a journey,” said the wisest, “and so, we likewise need a great chief, whom every one of us will obey.” The leaders of the seven tribes therefore chose the eldest and wisest among them, Álmos, as their grand prince. The seven chieftains then cut their arms and ran their blood into a cup, as a sign of their pledge, and of their will to defend it with their blood and their lives.

Due to his old age, Álmos gave the position of leadership to his son, Árpád. And they started off, and they crossed the mountains and the waters, and the territories of enemy nations, all the way until they reached the lands that belonged to Attila long ago. This was a slow and arduous journey. At the front of the line were the warriors, then came the women and children, riding on four-wheeled ox-carts. Between them were the servants herding the huge horse studs and flocks of sheep and cattle, which provided milk and meat to the wandering people.
If a country’s people greeted them with friendliness, then the Magyars advanced through that land peacefully. Wherever they were opposed, they opened the path forward with their swords.

That is how they arrived, between many battles and rests, at the pass of Verecke.

According to the tales, when they arrived, the turul birds which had been accompanying their armies suddenly lashed down from the sky, with their beaks and claws forcing them not to turn north, but to cross the mountain pass into their new homeland. Árpád’s hosts descended onto the plain by the fortress of Munkács, where they rested. Álmos died there, and they buried him; then Prince Árpád began the great work of the home-conquering. He had to organize his people and his armies, and that is why they call that place Munkács. [munka = work]
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Theodore Iacobuzio
Theodore Iacobuzio
Lest we forget, Samantha Power, along with Hillary Clinton, screeched nonstop at foreign policy genius Barack Obama to the effect that HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING IN LIBYA OR THE BLOOD WILL FLOW IN THE STREETS! "Humanitarian catastrophe" was I believe the phrase that pays. So something happened in Libya, the blood flowed in the in the streets anyway, and it is now a failed state with slave markets kind of sort of underground. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Onto another triumph. Of course, in fairness it should be noted that George Bush and Dick Cheney walk around free men, and Don Rumsfeld died in his bed.
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Theodore Iacobuzio
Theodore Iacobuzio
It's worth noting there was a hit piece on Giorgia in the Atlantic (no, I won't link to it) las week. Funny thing is they can't deny she was elected fair and square and the Italian press is free. Give them time, I suppose.
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Peter Kurilecz
Peter Kurilecz
"neutral, objective, and fair-minded"
something that does not exist in European or American journalism
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