US Geostrategist George Friedman: Romania is the "foundation" of the barrier between Russia and Europe by Iulia Iancu, RL, July 9, 2017:
"... The only Eastern European state that has made a separate figure out of this block has been Hungary, which developed equal ties with both Russia and the US, but there are strong signs that Hungary is also ready to join in. Such a signal is that for the first time Hungary will participate in a multinational exercise in the Black Sea, alongside Romania and Bulgaria. Then, the eastern flank of the European Peninsula will have a cohesive group supported by a global power that forms a dividing line between Russia and the rest of Europe. ... "
Obviously, George Friedman, living a child in Hungary, could only carry with him the memory of his parents and possibly the ability to read directly in Hungarian. Or regardind the everything written in Hungarian about the artificial Hungarian nation (see summary of the Genetic studies of the Hungarian Academy in Culture, confession, ethnicity and race in Transylvania, Tisa Plain and Panonia, ISBN 978-606-17-0931-1) is pure imagination. It is absolutely mandatory to read Ioan Slavici and Johann Weidlein, both fully educated in the Hungarian system, one in the nineteenth century, the other in the twentieth century.
On the other hand, almost all German leaders, at least from Bismark to Merkel, were completely ignorant of the history of the peoples in the Danube's middle basin! Could the geostrategist Gerorge Friedman therefore overcome this information handicap? Unilateral information. It does not seem so, since he thinks that for the simple reason that Hungary was participating in the Black Sea military exercise, it changed its temper!
Let's remind to the reputed geostrategist a few more important and defining moments in the history of the Danube's middle basin over the centuries:
We skip the moment of the Mierlei Plain, 1389, when the German King of Croatia and Hungary, Sigismund of Luxembourg (1387-1438), struggled with the internal factions to strengthen the throne and did not participate alongside all Christianity in confrontation with the Ottomans. And we arrive at Nicopolis, in 1396, when the vassal voivode of Transylvania, Stefan Apor (the nephew of the prince Lațcu), also called Laţcovici, betrays the Christian cause. He turns his column before entering the battle, causing stupor and disaster among the Christian armies!
Matthew Corvin always battled with Christians, only with the Turks, with a gain in 1463 and with losses in 1464!
The Transylvanian Voivode, the Slovak Ioan Zapolia, did not take part in the struggle at Mohaci in 1526! Perhaps Sultan Suleiman II would not have dared to attack if he had not understood Zapolia.
Andrei Bathory, Catholic Cardinal, and Voivode of Transilvania, in 1599, in Selimbar, is defeated by Michael the Brave, precisely because he understood the Polish and the Turks.
At the liberation of the Pannonia from under the Turks (1683-1699), the Hungarians led by Tököly fought side by side with the Turks and Tatars against the Liberators!
The Kuruts (1703-1711), allies with the Turks and Tartars, led by Rákóczi against the Imperials, are only gangs of looters, as the contemporary Mihaly Cserei, or the historian Gyula Szekfu, writes. And so on.
Probably that George Friedman, similar to many Romanians, has not heard of the first genocide in modern Europe in 1848-1849, even if it happened in Transylvania (see Gelu Neamţu)? Probably neither of the moral author of World War I, the butcher of the Balkans, to quote Tache Ionescu! Not to mention the second Genocide in Transylvania (1940-1945) against Romanians and the application of the Final Solution (1944) against Jews.
Kossuth the leader of the 1848-49 genocide (and not Revolution, see David Prodan in Trasylvania and again Transylvania) while in the United States, in the Confederate States used to express views in favour of slavery, whereas in the Northern states condemns it! Horthy to Hitler (November 3, 1939): "We were faithful companions ... We are grateful ...". Horthy to Stalin in September 1944: "... Under his influence (the German colossus) we have been involved in this unworthy war with the Soviet Union ..." And so on.
So, what would prevent Hungary from continuing to play with Russia as part of the Black Sea military exercises along with other NATO countries? Are they not going to play their favorite game, even better?
July 14, 2017, Cluj Napoca