This has been a long, holiday weekend in Hungary: celebrating one of our three national holidays on Thursday, March 15 (anniversary of the 1848 revolution)
The Big World did not celebrate us, nor with us, there were no words of appreciation or greetings on the new sites, the mainstream media kept silent about the big day of a small nation.
It did not create a big fuzz either that Hungarian Gripen Jet aircrafts are drilling these days in Sweden, and not even as part of Lion Effort 2012, that will comes a bit later.
Yet we are important, otherwise the speech of Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban wouldn’t have made such a huge astonishment all over the news and splash headlines: he said that “We will not be a colony” to the European Union.Wall Street Journal, a New York Times, a Financial Times, Business Week, Washington Post, Reuters, BBC and others were all loud with this. Maybe there were only two of them who mentioned it at all, in passing, that Hungary was celebrating a national holiday.
Even these festive days, there are people who think the Prime Minister is right, there are those who think he is not; there are supporters of the government and there are their opponents.
I haven’t been digging too deeply into the Hungarian history, for no matter how a small nation we are, we went through quite adventurous centuries and millennia, and not a half life would be enough for one to study it all. Any anyway, who knows what is true and what isn’t in the prevailing history books – but as far as I can remember, whenever our nation has been probed, under pressures, hard times, it was always keeping together, solidarity that has helped us.
Why would this be otherwise now?
For festive weekends and for ordinary days, let me recommend a documentary which was shown a few days ago, by a young man Janos (John) Hasulyo, from my hometown Kazincbarcika. (Only in Hungarian, and it’s about what does it mean to be Hungarian in the United States today, interviewing 20 persons.)
A few more words, by the great Hungarian state man Lajos Kossuth:
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