April 8, 2012 |
The interventionist liberals of the Obama administration were a doleful bunch last week. It was the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, when a Bosnian Serb army battered a city full of civilians with artillery while the United States issued ineffective cries of alarm. The comparison with this year's massacres in Syria was painfully apt. Now, as then, the United Nations Security Council has asked both sides to stop shooting, to no great effect. Now, as then, the United States and its allies are rejecting the idea of military intervention as too difficult, too risky, too likely to add to the violence instead of ending it. In Bosnia, it took the United States more than three years and many massacres to decide that diplomatic measures and sanctions weren't enough.
December 10, 2011
Eddie Murphy may soon star in a more serious role, playing former Washington Mayor Marion Barry in an HBO film. An HBO spokeswoman said Friday that the network is working with Spike Lee and Murphy on the project, though she said it's in the early stages of development. Lee would direct the movie, and Murphy would play Barry, who, during his third term as mayor, was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room during an FBI sting operation. He eventually served six months in federal prison on a misdemeanor drug possession conviction and was elected again to the D.C. Council in 1992.
March 10, 2011 |
The debate over Libya this week in Washington isn't about what the U.S. goal should be. President Obama settled that question last week when he declared: "It's time for Kadafi to go. " He's reaffirmed that message several times, and leaders of the most important U.S. allies in Europe ? Britain, Germany and France ? have made similar statements. Instead, the question is what role the United States and its allies will play in the brutal and mercurial dictator's removal. Administration officials say they've prepared a wide range of options for the president, but allowing Kadafi to win isn't one of them.
October 16, 2010 |
No A-list Hollywood celebrity has done more to try to soothe the wounds in the Balkans than Angelina Jolie. Through her Jolie-Pitt Foundation, she has donated millions of dollars to groups active in the region, such as Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children. And last spring, Jolie and partner Brad Pitt visited Bosnia to assist the nearly 120,000 people who remain displaced, unable to return to their homes. But Jolie finds herself in the difficult position of reopening those wounds with a new movie set against the backdrop of the 1992-1995 conflict.
October 28, 2009 |
Former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic, sentenced in 2003 by a United Nations war crimes tribunal to 11 years in prison, returned to her home in Belgrade after early release from a Swedish jail. Plavsic flew in from Stockholm on a Bosnian Serb government plane and was whisked away in a car that drove her straight from the tarmac to her downtown apartment. Plavsic, 79, is the only woman among the 161 people indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
October 16, 2009 |
Politically divided Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina were among five countries elected to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, in a move diplomats hoped would help strengthen the two countries' fragile institutions. In an uncontested election, the United Nations General Assembly voted for Bosnia, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria to serve on the council in the next two years. All five had been selected in advance by their regional groups. On Jan. 1 they will replace Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Vietnam as non-veto-holding members of the 15-nation body, the powerhouse of the United Nations with the authority to impose sanctions and deploy peacekeeping forces.