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ZORAN INVITED ME OVER FOR COFFEE to talk about Gaga. He showed me a photo of Gaga, the first I'd seen showing him during the war. The image horrified me.

My friend stood with a high-powered rifle on his shoulder, peering though an optical scope, his finger on the trigger. It was a self-portrait, and Gaga was posing as a sniper. Zoran called the photo Gaga's souvenir of the war.

Two things struck me: First, Gaga's idealized image of himself was as a sniper aiming down into Sarajevo. Second, he looked no more impressive than a ragged thug with a big gun.

This man, I told myself, was no friend of mine.

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