This week’s “winner” is retired Marine Corps General and former NATO Commander Jack Sheehan. The General is not only against gays serving openly in the military but has claimed that nellyDutch soldiers were responsible for Serbian atrocities at Srebrenica:
The Dutch government and military responded with anger and contempt
after General John Sheehan, a retired marine corps officer who was
Nato’s supreme commander at the time of the 1995 atrocity, told a US
Senate hearing that gay soldiers in the military could result in events
In July 1995 Bosnian Serb forces overran the
Bosnian Muslim enclave under the protection of Dutch UN peacekeepers
and killed 8,000 Muslim males, making the event a traumatic national
disgrace for the Dutch.
Following recent remarks from Robert
Gates, the US defence secretary, that Europeans had gone soft, Sheehan
argued that changes after the end of the cold war had reduced Europe’s
appetite for combat.
“They declared a peace dividend and made a
conscious effort to socialise their military – that includes the
unionisation of their militaries, it includes open homosexuality. That
led to a force that was ill-equipped to go to war,” he said.
case in point that I’m referring to is when the Dutch were required to
defend Srebrenica against the Serbs. The battalion was under-strength,
poorly led, and the Serbs came into town, handcuffed the soldiers to
the telephone poles, marched the Muslims off, and executed them. That
was the largest massacre in Europe since world war two.”
that the Dutch chief of staff had told him that having gay soldiers at
Srebrenica had sapped morale and contributed to the disaster.
nonsense,” said General Henk van den Breemen, the Dutch chief of staff
at the time. The Dutch embassy in Washington dismissed the US officer’s
argument as worthless, Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch foreign minister said
that it was not worth commenting on, and the Dutch defence ministry
voiced incredulity. “It is unbelievable that a man of this rank is stating this nonsense, for that’s what it is,” said the ministry.
“Scandalous and not worthy of a soldier,” added Eimert van Middelkoop, the Dutch defence minister.
So, were they too busy doing their nails and trying out for Project Runway or something? This is patent nonsense: the NATO rules of engagement were notoriously weak in Bosnia and even John Wayne would have had a hard time defending Bosnians from homicidal Serbian irregulars. Bad example: John Wayne was a WW II era chicken hawk so he never fought anyone except onscreen.
General Sheehan should be ashamed of himself for making up this shit and spouting it on his hind legs at a Senate hearing. There have *always* been gays in the military and there always will be. A desire to have same gender sex has nothing to do with courage or willingness to defend innocents from atrocities. Sheehan’s slur on the Dutch military is what used to be called a blood libel and I’m glad the Dutch government is calling him on this egregious malakatude.
It’s one thing for Sheehan to express his bigoted opinions to the Senate even though he’s wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s entirely another thing for him lie like a rug in order to support his Neanderthal views. Fuck you, General Malaka and the fucking tank you rode in on. You should hang your head in shame but instead you’ll probably go on FOX and get fluffed by your fellow malakas Beck and Bill-O.