Big news this weekend from what remains the single most pro-American place I've ever been:
Thousands of ethnic Albanians braved low temperatures and a cold wind in Kosovo's capital Pristina to welcome former President Bill Clinton on Sunday as he attended the unveiling of an 11-foot (3.5-meter) statue of himself on a key boulevard that also bears his name.In other tourism news, I will apparently (possibly?) be able to spend yet another "spring break in a post-conflict zone" in East Timor. Just as soon as they build a few more hotel rooms.
Clinton is celebrated as a hero by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority for launching NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999 that stopped the brutal Serb forces' crackdown on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians...
''I never expected that anywhere, someone would make such a big statue of me,'' Clinton said of the gold-sprayed statue weighing a ton (900 kilograms).