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The right way to read Orbán

Orbán wrote a response to an article of George Soros and an entire generation of Hungarians heard the same tune: the Star Wars intro song. 

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Because let’s face it, this is the right way to read it: 

   

If the animation doesn’t play, below is the text (in the government’s own translation that’s always more civilized than the original.) And here is the music for the mood. Ready? 

Great forces are once again moving to eradicate the nations of Europe and unify the continent under the aegis of a global empire. The Soros network … has been working to make Europe an immigrant continent. Today the Soros network … is the greatest threat faced by the states of the European Union. The goals of the network are obvious: to create multi-ethnic, multicultural open societies by accelerating migration, and to dismantle national decision-making, placing it in the hands of the global elite.
Many high-ranking EU bureaucrats are working with the Soros network to create a unified empire.
The battle for and against the new Brussels empire has not yet been decided. Brussels seems to be surrendering, but many nation states continue to resist. If we want to preserve our freedom, Europe must not surrender to the Soros network.
Europe will be great again if its nations become great again, and resist all forms of imperial ambition…

Except the Russian. The Russian is totally fine.

The last line is mine. I wanted to add “obviously”, but sadly, it is not obvious. We have been consuming this style of messaging from the government for a decade now, Europe is just getting the first taste.

Project Syndicate, where George Soros posted his original letter has refused to publish Orbán’s rant – which is a bit meh. They have the right to keep this dirt off their site, but the move fuels conspirationists’ rage.

But now I rather think they did Orbán a great favor not letting him embarrass himself. (And conspirationists will be enraged anyway. That is what they do.) 

And now I can’t shrug off the image of Princess Leia with Orbán’s face being chased by storm troopers, hiding the stolen plans of the Death Star under his skirt and my childhood is officially ruined. 

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