We must defend our country with arms and the right national policy – said Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky on Friday, 5 May, the second day of a two-day forum called Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Hungary.
Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky reminded the conference participants that many times during their history, Hungarian people had to take up arms to defend themselves because they were attacked by foreign conquerors of other cultures and religions. He stated that the entire Hungarian history is a continuous chain of fights and wars (of independence), in which the Hungarians have always stood their ground because they have been – and are still – good soldiers. He added that the task, in the event that fighting erupts, is to stand our ground again and defend our country well-armed, well-trained, bravely and resolutely, as we have always done in the course of Hungarian history.
The Minister of Defence also talked about the war in Ukraine, highlighting that there is no end in sight to the war. He reminded that Hungary’s position has been clear since the beginnings: what is needed is ceasefire and peace talks. He pointed out that the terms of peace should be determined by means of peace talks instead of armed fighting. He noted that we, Hungarians know from the tragic blows of our own history that military front lines not always match the front lines achieved at peace talks. Quoting Napoleon who said that war requires toughness, resolution and perseverance, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said that the same is true of peace, and emphasized that Hungary does not allow itself to be drifted into the war, but rather continues the already ongoing development of its armed forces, and its defence spending will reach 2% of the GDP already this year, one year earlier than the target date set for next year.
According to the minister, Hungary is an active, committed and esteemed member of NATO, and sees the strongest defensive alliance in the world as the ultimate guarantee of its security. He said that the government considers the defensive character of the Alliance to be its most important feature, and advises it against drifting into the war under any circumstances. He highlighted that due to its geographical location and the development of its armed forces, Hungary is an indispensable player in strengthening NATO’s eastern flank, and the quality of the political relationship with the USA, NATO’s most important member is extremely important.
Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said that our country must be defended not only with arms but also with the right national policy. Quoting the motto of the conference, he added that this is what the CPAC is about, since “united we stand” in this fight. We must draw on the nation, and also unite with like-minded people worldwide to fight against globalist progression, which desires to sweep away everything – and CPAC is also about this, stated the minister. Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky pointed out that it is important to know the enemy. He added that those Hungarians who had been brought up in an evil and silly social engineering attempt called Communism are completely bewildered at seeing how far widespread in free Western cultures are the atheist Soviet-Bolshevik mutations of ideological movements called by all kind of new names. He added that he does not understand how it could have happened in the present war situation that the “pseudo-pacifist progressive left” – which has always been against armies and arms – has become the biggest supporter of the war. According to the Minister of Defence, therefore, the enemy and its war plan are known. Those who oppose national policy have targeted the traditional concept of national defence, church and religion, school and family, and tried to weaken the lines of defence of society. He said that the occupation of these institutions is the recipe for national disaster itself, because no communities can survive without them. He went on highlighting that these are the institutions that protect people, and the duty of national policy is to protect these institutions, because without them, our citizens will remain unprotected. He emphasized that both national defence and national policy will be governed by the same principles. The Minister of Defence pointed out that as long as he is at the head of the Ministry of Defence, “here in Hungary there will be no LMBTQ-XYZ, nor gender-neutral, nor any other progressive ideology allowed in the armed forces”. He added that the Hungarian Defence Forces will be carrying out their own mission to guarantee the area of Hungary and the security of Hungarian citizens.
Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky also said that although fighting alone is certainly heroic, it is better to fight together with friends. He thanked the organizers and participants of the conference for giving the hope of alleviating a little the loneliness of Hungarian fate, and of continuing our fighting with our true friends as allies to protect the homeland, the Hungarian homeland and also our common spiritual homeland, the trinity of God–homeland–family.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is a political event of the conservative side in the USA, a review of the Republican camp. The two-day event in Budapest has been organized by the Center for Fundamental Rights.