by oregonkcg, Mon Mar 31, 2008 at 08:30:54 AM EDT
Selim Algar of the The New York Post has the story that the little girl who recited a poem on the tarmac at the air base in Tuzla is 'stunned and outraged' that the former First Lady of the United States would make up such a blatant lie.
Emina Bicakcic, now 20 and studying to become a doctor, told The Post she stood on the tarmac at the air base in Tuzla, greeted Clinton and even had time to share the lines of verse she'd written - all without fear of attack from an unseen enemy.
"I was surprised when I heard this," Bicakcic said, referring to Clinton's assertion that she braved snipers upon landing, ducking and sprinting to military vehicles.
Bicakcic goes on to describe the day that she got to read her poem to the First Lady of the United States. Her poem began with the words, "Peace has come", and Clinton, she said, seemed far more interested in her poem than in dashing for shelter.
Bicakcic said she was reluctant to criticize Clinton's account of that day because of a deep appreciation for the US role in ending Bosnia's bloody nightmare.
A picture of the girl's meeting with the then-first lady - signed and inscribed by Clinton - has become a treasured family heirloom.
Still, Bicakcic admitted that she is not supporting Clinton in her contest against Barack Obama.
"I'm staying neutral," she said, declining to discuss the issue further. "I have very mixed emotions about it. It's a difficult situation for me."
Other Bosnians are not reluctant at all to speak out and call Clinton on her lies referring to them as a "low blow done to gain publicity":
Many Bosnians - still confronted with bullet-scarred and burned-out buildings from Sarajevo to Tuzla - said their very real experiences with violence should not serve as cheap fodder for Clinton's political ambitions.
"It was a horrible lie," said 29-year-old Midhat Efendira.
Like most Bosnians, he expressed a deep appreciation of Bill Clinton for his role in ending the war. But he found Hillary Clinton's remarks intolerable.