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Aug 29, 2016

History proves that Hungary must be protected against new threats

The minister of defense referred to the challenges posed by mass migration and terrorism, stating that “we must do our best to protect the borders of our country and the security of the people of Hungary”

The Hungarian people must be protected against new forms of threats, István Simicskó, minister of defense, has said.

Speaking at a commemoration held over the weekend to mark the 490th anniversary of the Battle of Mohács at the National Memorial Place of Mohács, Simicskó said that “today we must guarantee the Hungarian people’s future and security against the new forms of emerging threats".

In his speech, the minister of defense referred to the challenges posed by mass migration and terrorism, stating that “we must do our best to protect the borders of our country and the security of the people of Hungary”.

“Europe and Hungary need strong faith and strong states," he emphasized. “We can justly but firmly counter the threats only by building our lives on faith," the politician added. 

While talking about the European series of events that led to the disaster at Mohács in 1526, Simicskó concluded that the tragedy of the Kingdom of Hungary was caused by the internal political and religious conflicts in Europe and by the internal division of the Hungarian state that was “going through a weak period”. 

The minister said that the then leaders of Europe did not realize the power of the Ottoman Empire during its golden age under sultan Suleiman I and the threats arising from it. He added that before the Battle of Mohács, Hungary, a country deeply rooted in Christianity, had been successfully resisting the then strongest state in the world for 150 years.

Simicskó pointed out that in order to survive, we must fill our individual, family and national armory, both in the spiritual and the military senses of the word. To achieve this, we can gain strength from remembering difficult periods, keeping in mind that “we have survived, and we would like to live and thrive”, the minister said.