A Morsel of Good News

Headline: “Hungary approves Sweden’s NATO bid, unblocking historic expansion.” If you look hard enough, you can usually find at least one piece of good news each day. Victor Orban, the strongman leader of Hungary, who, like Trump, admires Putin and wants his approval, had been blocking Sweden from becoming a member of NATO. You can bet Orban didn’t stop blocking Sweden because he became enlightened about Russia’s continuing its brutal war against Ukraine or its assault against Western liberal democracies. I suspect that other European nations applied effective pressure on Orban so it became in his own self-interest to stop blocking Sweden. With people like Orban, Trump, and Putin, self-interest is what matters. Nothing else counts.