Helmut Kohl helped save the West

Known as “Der Dicke” (the “fat one”), he was indeed massive at 6 feet 4 inches tall and comfortably over 300 pounds. His favorite dish was “Saumagen” (stuffed pig’s belly); his appetite, legendary. Helmut Kohl, Germany’s former chancellor who died on Friday at age 87, was often mocked for his old-fashioned tastes, staid predictability and provincialism. He and his wife, Hannelore, favored Wolfgangsee in Austria for vacation — 27 times in a row. A campaign contribution scandal made Kohl persona non grata for political elites and much of German media for most of the final two decades of his life.

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Historic Moment For U.S.-NATO Relationship

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s resolution reaffirming the United States Senate’s commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was adopted by a 100-0 vote.

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Bombardovanje Srbije je bilo slično napadu na Nagasaki

S ljubaznošću koja odudara od klišea o poslovičnoj krutosti profesionalnih vojnika, Bjađo di Gracija, dok se rukujemo, pita: „Da li ’Politika’ još izlazi na ćirilici?”. Posle potvrdnog odgovora, dodaje: „Ne zamerite što ne znam, Beograd sam napustio 2001. godine”.

Glavni grad Srbije bio je poslednja stanica u balkanskoj karijeri ovog vojnog diplomate i italijanskog generala NATO-a. U drugoj polovini devedesetih bio je na dužnostima u Bosni i Hercegovini i Hrvatskoj, najpre kao šef operacija u Posmatračkoj misiji Evropske zajednice (ECMM) sa sedištem u Zagrebu (od 1995. godine). Posle Dejtonskog sporazuma premestio se u BiH, kao vicekomandant italijanskih snaga IFOR-a i francuske divizije SFOR-a.

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