Sarajevo could soon get Bill Clinton Street, the 42nd president of the United States. This is an initiative of cantonal representative Haris Zahiragic, which was adopted today by the Sarajevo Canton Assembly.
“I am submitting an initiative to rename ‘Put života’ Street (Novo Sarajevo Municipality) or part of ‘Put života’ Street (side of the street next to the United States Embassy) into ‘Bill Clinton Boulevard’ or to add the name of Bill Clinton to the existing street name. – 42nd President of the United States of America “, reads the initiative.
It should be reminded that Clinton was the President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, including at the time of the conclusion of the Dayton Peace Agreement for BiH, which was mediated by the Americans, Klix.ba writes.
Lift and strike was the name of a proposed policy by the Bill Clinton administration in 1993 in an attempt to improve the chances of a political settlement in the Bosnian War. It was never enacted because massive opposition in Europe and the US killed the proposal and even Clinton changed his mind.
The idea was to “lift” a United Nations arms embargo on both sides to provide the poorly-armed Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) with high-powered modern American weapons, thus balancing the conflict. If the Bosnian Serbs tried to stop that move, the United States Air Force and United States Navy would “strike” hard at them.
The policy had been initially suggested during George H. W. Bush’s presidency in the summer of 1992 by Bosnian President Alija Izetbegović, and later adopted by several US senators, including Joseph Biden. After initially opposing the policy, Bill Clinton adopted it as a part of his 1992 presidential campaign platform in an effort to distance himself from Bush on foreign policy.