BUDAPEST, Hungary (ChurchMilitant.com) - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is connecting the spread of the coronavirus with unbridled migration while refusing to buckle under the pressure of political correctness.
Commenting on the "logical connection" between the spread of coronavirus and migration, the prime minister said that "We are fighting a two-front war: One front is called migration, and the other one belongs to the coronavirus," in an interview with Kossuth Rádió on March 13.
Orbán noted that a lot of foreigners are studying in Hungarian universities and observed that most of Hungary's early cases of the virus were found among Iranian students. The prime minister said that in Hungary, "It's no coincidence that the virus first showed up among Iranians," during his weekly interview with Kossuth Rádió on March 13.
Iran represents one of the heaviest-hit regions by the cornonavirus outside China and shares particularly close and lucrative relations with the communist regime in Beijing.
For the past several years it has been forging economic ties with China to help keep its economy afloat, most recently in the so-called One Belt, One Road initiative (BRI). The initiative was launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013 to connect China to the global market by linking Asia and Europe and was augmented in February, 2019 when Iranian officials visited Beijing to seal a "strategic partnership" between the two nations.
In one year, the disease which started in China became "finally and irrevocably uncontained in Iran," according to The Atlantic.
That a surprising number of Iranian government officials are succumbing to coronavirus suggests the disease may be far more widespread than the official numbers measured in hundreds of thousands may indicate.
Speaking to Church Militant, China expert and president of the Population Research Institute Steven Mosher corroborated the "logical connection" Orbán makes between migration and the disease:
It goes without saying that viruses can only spread if they have help from their human hosts. That's how the Chinese coronavirus got from China to Iran in the first place, and probably how it got from Iran to Hungary. What Orbán is saying is only common sense, which seems to be in increasingly short supply in these days of political correctness run amuck.
Italy, which has also been heavily engaged in China's BRI, is currently stricken, according to some estimates, with 24,747 coronavirus cases and 1,809 deaths, the majority of them in northern Italy. Official statistics indicate there hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens living in Italy, not counting illegal immigrants.
As recently as late January, while Italy was detecting its first coronavirus cases (two Chinese tourists), the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella encouraged Italians to "Hug a Chinese," launching an anti-racism Twitter campaign. A Youtube video also shows a Chinese man standing on an Italian street urging passers-by to hug him, a move local politicians called "respect for coronavirus patients." The man is accompanied by a sign that says: "I'm not a virus. I'm a human. Eradicate the prejudice."
In identifying the cause of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe as immigration, Orbán has affirmed that Hungary has been ahead of the curve in understanding its dangers.
He emphasized that his country has successfully defended itself, and although there are new proposals for distribution [of migrants] from European bureaucrats, Hungary continues to oppose it.
The prime minister stated that only Hungarians can tell who is allowed into their country, stating, "This is a Hungarian matter, our destiny, our life, our country, and we will not let anyone ... destroy the results we have achieved with great difficulty in recovering the Hungarian economy."
Orbán says he understands the "witty declarations" that Western European leaders sometimes want to give as "good advice, in a bit of an instructive way," but we let go of them because "they live in another reality."
"Right here and right now, human lives come first," the prime minister explained. "Prevention is key to keeping the number of victims and infections as low as possible."
The prime minister added, "More power is needed. At the same time, the most important thing is spiritual strength."