This really is quite something. Wait for the total admonishment of Hungary’s Viktor Orban. pic.twitter.com/zVrkwNY1eL— Jack Parrock (@jackeparrock) March 25, 2022
Update: the #V4 meeting has now been cancelled entirely after Poland and Slovakia also pulled out in response to Orban’s Ukraine policy and his recent denigrating comments about #Zelensky. https://t.co/6nadyQJ7SZ— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) March 29, 2022
Hungarian President Victor Orban has told Zelensky off for demanding that Hungary take a stance against Russia.— Sentletse ???? (@Sentletse) March 26, 2022
"We are not Ukrainians, not Russians – we are Hungarians… To the question "Which side is Hungary on?" The answer is: Hungary is on the side of Hungary," Orbán said.
Supposedly, NATO was created to contain communism.
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and the communist threat no longer emanates from the Kremlin which has done a 180 in its official ideology. NATO, however, didn’t dissolve like the Warsaw Pact. It expanded to the south and east into a cauldron of long repressed and simmering nationalist conflicts. Russia isn’t the only country in the region with a complicated history with Ukraine.
“The Hungarians have always resented [that at the end of the war] they lost two-thirds of their country,” former special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, an American diplomat whose career included a stop in Hungary, told the Washington Examiner. “Several million Hungarians were, all of the sudden, no longer living in Hungary — they were living in other countries. So that’s just a point of reference for Hungarian mindsets. They have, for the most part, reconciled themselves to the fact that — that’s life.” …
“There are about 130,000 ethnic Hungarians who live in the trans-Carpathian province of Ukraine,” Kent observed in 2019. “And ahead of next year, which is the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Trianon, post-World War I, which resulted in more ethnic Hungarians living outside Hungary than inside, this issue of greater Hungary is at the top of Orban’s agenda.” …”
Is this our business and our problem?
Should Americans be ripping away Kosovo from Serbia?
Are Albanians the Autobots and Serbs the Decepticons in the Balkans?
How about the status of Transcarpathia? Does Transcarpathia belong to Hungary or Ukraine?
Is Crimea part of Russia or Ukraine? How about Donbas?
What about the Poles? Do the Poles have designs on Galicia?
If we are really going to go down this road again, does Northern Ireland belong to Ireland or the United Kingdom? What about western Poland? Are Pomerania, Silesia and East Prussia part of Poland or Germany? What the hell is Bosnia–Herzegovina? When are the Greeks getting Constantinople back?
In theory, Article V of NATO was intended to provide collective defense against Soviet aggression during the Cold War, but now it looks like it is most likely to get triggered over some purely regional ethnic conflict in eastern Europe of utterly no relevance to Americans.