Viktor Orbán: “Migration is the Trojan Horse of Terrorism”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently attended a swearing-in ceremony for a class of new border guards. Below is the brief speech he gave for the occasion.

Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:


0:04   Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear parents and family members,
0:08   we came together here today to witness
0:12   462 of our fellow citizens
0:16   taking their oaths.
0:20   Taking oaths in which they promise they will defend —
0:24   if necessary, with their lives — Hungary and
0:28   Hungarian families. To defend
0:32   our homeland, our women, our homes
0:36   and our children…
0:40   This is the centuries-old moral command.
0:44   This command gives seriousness and prominence
0:48   to the present moment.
0:52   Today you are not just getting a job, a simple position;
0:56   not just taking an office and
1:00   not just starting work.
1:04   No, today you are stepping into service for our homeland and the Hungarian people.
1:08   With this you accept a higher calling.
1:12   You — respected oath-takers — can be proud of that.
1:16   I am asking you to be proud,
1:20   because your work and resolve are a basic condition
1:24   for the peaceful future of Europe and Hungary.
1:28   You should be also proud
1:32   that today you are joining a well-tested unit,
1:36   which has been able to answer the hardest challenges,
1:40   the frontier warriors of the modern age,
1:44   the community of uniform-wearing Hungarians: police,
1:48   border control officers and soldiers, whom we can thank,
1:52   that today we can live in peace and safety here.
1:56   Respected ladies and gentlemen, they choose
2:00   a difficult time to report for duty.
2:04   Although the daily reports no longer speak of tens of thousands,
2:08   but only a couple of hundred illegals trying to cross our borders,
2:12   we cannot sit back comfortably.
2:16   Nobody should lull themselves into illusions.
2:20   Right now, even at this moment,
2:24   we are under siege, The flood of migrants,
2:28   has slowed down, but it is not over.
2:32   What happened is that between two large assaults
2:36   We got a breathing space to strengthen our lines of defense,
2:40   for the recruitment and training of our forces
2:44   and to place them into service.
2:48   The storm did not die down; it has just fallen a bit quieter.
2:52   The pressure on our borders over the next of years will not
2:56   cease. There are still millions preparing —
3:00   in a hope of better life — to start their journey.
3:04   At this moment hundreds of thousands are considering
3:08   starting the trip towards Europe. We can’t count
3:12   on Brussels and the European Union!
3:16   Just the opposite: rather they
3:20   make our job harder. The truth is, we can only count on ourselves.
3:24   We must defend our borders ourselves.
3:28   The migration crisis — respected ladies and
3:32   gentlemen — will continue until the causes are resolved.
3:36   It will stay on the agenda,
3:40   until everywhere they admit that migration
3:44   is the Trojan Horse of terrorism.
3:48   Those who are coming to us do not want to live according to our culture,
3:52   but their own, yet under European standards of living.
3:56   Respected ladies and gentlemen, respected oath-takers,
4:00   I would like to ask you to be definite and
4:04   humane. Attend to your duties with the
4:08   rigor of the [law] code, but also with the commandment of humanity.
4:12   Today you are enter to the service of law.
4:16   And the law applies to everyone. It includes those migrants
4:20   who wish to illegally cross the official borders of Hungary.
4:24   That is the reality and it cannot be overwritten by
4:28   any kind of artsy-crafty human rights mumbo-jumbo.
4:32   The last couple of years taught us that
4:36   we can only resist the migration pressure
4:40   if we show force and unity and band together. So far we have succeeded.
4:44   For this reason we can be thankful that Hungary today
4:48   is one of the safest countries in Europe.
4:52   If the world sees that we can defend our borders,
4:56   if they see that the strengthened Hungarian
5:00   border fence [wall] is impenetrable,
5:04   and that we still insist on our own laws and do not for a moment
5:08   become uncertain, then nobody will attempt
5:12   to enter Hungary illegally.
5:16   The Hungarian people have the rightful expectation
5:20   that the only persons who may enter Hungarian territory, are those
5:24   who have been thoroughly examined, and whose identity has been confirmed.
5:28   What his intention is and what he wants.
5:32   Respected ladies and gentlemen, we Hungarians do not want
5:36   impossible things. Just the opposite: we want simple things.
5:40   We want the sort of country where
5:44   Hungarians will happily start a family, because they know
5:48   their children will have a better life than they had.
5:52   We want a Hungary where everybody has work,
5:56   and where everyone can receive the respect appreciation they deserve,
6:00   based on their contributions. We want the sort of Hungary,
6:04   and the sort of Europe, where being Hungarian means
6:08   pride and appreciation. Where our traditions are respected,
6:12   where our history culture are respected.
6:16   We Hungarians want the sort of Europe where we can live our
6:20   Hungarian lives. For in this Hungary — which is in our heart —
6:24   the first condition is safety.
6:28   And a safe life can only be found where the law and order
6:32   are protected by stout-hearted uniformed
6:36   defenders, who have taken an oath to do so.
6:40   People like you. Who are courageous,
6:44   resolute, prepared and
6:48   ready to fulfill their duty and defend
6:52   their country. You are at the same time defenders
6:56   of the free Hungarian life and the hopeful Hungarian future.
7:00   I urge you to be as proud of yourselves as
7:04   we are of you. For your work,
7:08   I wish you bravery and perseverance; for your families I wish
7:12   good health. God bless Hungary!

3 thoughts on “Viktor Orbán: “Migration is the Trojan Horse of Terrorism”

  1. This is a wonderful speech. Thank you to CrossWare for the translation.

    Orban speaks of migration as a vehicle for terrorism. It is, of course, but it is just as bad to import an alien culture intending to maintaining its identity and practices, even if it doesn’t specifically engage in terror.

    But, Orban spends the bulk of his speech emphasizing the preservation of Hungarian identity and culture. And also, the application of law to even illegal immigrants. They will not be allowed to remain, but will be treated humanely while in police custody.

    By the way, in my opinion, the best way to gauge the willingness of the shadow US government to accept the invasion of Hungary by NATO as a EU surrogate, is by looking at Jeb Bush rather than Hillary Clinton. Clinton was far too incompetent to formulate a coherent strategy, but Bush emphasized US-European unity before being dumped by Trump.

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