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Bruce Lee was Bosnian?

In Bosnia, where one man’s hero is often another man’s villain, citizens have decided to honour someone Serbs, Croats and Muslims can all look up to – kung fu great Bruce Lee.

Not quite. Here’s the real reason for honoring him

But the statue of the Chinese action hero in the ethnically-divided city of Mostar is intended to remind people of Lee’s lesser known values – “loyalty, friendship, skill and justice”, said Veselin Gatalo, a writer who helped come up with the idea.

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“Lee is a true international hero and is a hero to all ethnicities in Bosnia and that’s why we picked him,” Mr Gatalo said.

Still seems like an odd choice to me. After all, Lee is best known for kicking behind, than anything else. In any event, I like this quote from the article:

Mr Gatalo and a friend, Nino Raspudic, grew up on Bruce Lee movies. They persuaded Boris Jovanovic, a sculptor from Mostar, to create the statue of Lee “as if he was alive and kicking”.

No pun intended?

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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