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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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Huddled Masses

Huddled Masses

Friday, April 19, 1991—Turkish-Iraqi Border

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Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter is set on April 19, 1991, during Lieutenant General John Shalikashvili’s very first inspection of a mountain refugee camp (Isikveren). The chapter demonstrates the absolute misery of life in the camps and outlines the suffering and looming potential for massive death. It reviews the progress the international humanitarian mission has accomplished so far and the upcoming shift in mission goal from “humanitarian assistance” to “humanitarian intervention,” which means Shalikashvili now faces the herculean task of moving all 500,000+ Kurds out of the mountains. Seeing the misery in the camp, Shalikashvili recalls his own suffering when he’d lost people he loved, particularly his loss, within weeks of each other, of both his premature baby girl and his cancer-stricken wife. It explains how all these blows—these “betrayals” by people he loved—are what helped push him to make the military his closest family, to make caring for and even loving the military community an inherent part of his leadership modus operandi.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, Operation Provide Comfort, Isikveren refugee camp, international humanitarian mission, love of soldiers, military community, betrayal, humanitarian intervention, humanitarian assistance, leadership

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