As I found (after pacifying him) that he was a little boy with a naturally large head, I thought that perhaps where his head could go, his body could follow, and mentioned that the best mode of extrication might be to push him forward.
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The U.N. troops helped to pacify Bosnia
These were the people we had come to save, to pacify.