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Hungary 1956

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. Worth remembering because it was a turning point in the life of communism. The BBC has some stories and pictures, and notes the demonstrations going on today.

Discussions - 5 Comments

I was 14 years old and I was at the general assembly meeting on Hungary, it only took a couple of hours for me to realize that I was watching the Hungarians getting F**ked.

I knew then that the UN was useless and in the 50 years since then they have yet to give me any indication that I was wrong.


thedaddy - why didn’t you come to the same conclusion about the United States?

I ask because the United States had more reason to be embarrassed by events in Hungary than the UN. No one who understood the purpose of the permanent members of the Security Council could have expected any action from the UN in 1956. In contrast as I recall, the United States seemed to give some encouragement to Hungarian protesters and the subsequent political revolt.

Steve’s right. John Foster Dulles basically promised the Hungarians that if they pulled their country out of the Warsaw Pact they’d receive U.S. assistance. In other words, Hungary would receive the same deal that Tito’s Yugoslavia got in the late 1940s.

John Foster Dulles may have been useless but the US
isn’t and the UN is.


As you describe it above, it is almost a "Happy Anniversary" event, though one must wish no returns of the day. The Nadas article was pathetic in the old and best sense.

Is the current uprising good or bad? I read Many of the protesters were from far right groups and some carried the red-and-white striped flag of the Arpad dynasty - a centuries-old symbol of Hungary that was also used by the nationalist pro-Nazi government during World War II. at the BBC, and am not sure what "far right" means, neither on the BBC, nor in Hungary. How socialist is Gyurcsany?

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