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Beneath Contempt 22 March 2010

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beneath contempt

– Peter Balkenende, Dutch Prime Minister

This is possibly the best description I have heard of the recent comments by retired General John J. Sheehan that the presence of gay Dutch soldiers contributed to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995. And I stand 100% behind that description. What a deplorable thing to say.

There are many reasons why the UN Peace Keeping force failed to prevent the massacre in 1995. Google it if you must.

Here is the transcript of the enquiry where the comments were made (courtesy of Foreign Policy Magazine):

General John Sheehan: “That led to a force that was ill-equipped to go to war. The 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 polls, marched the Muslims off and executed them. That was the largest massacre in Europe since World War II.
Senator Carl Levin: Did the Dutch leaders tell you it was because there were gay soldiers there?
General Sheehan: It was a combination.
Senator Levin: But did they tell you that? That’s my question.
General Sheehan: Yes.
Senator Levin: They did.
General Sheehan: They included that as part of the problem.
Senator Levin: That there were gay soldiers among the Dutch.
General Sheehan: That the combination was the liberalization of the military, a net effect of basically social engineering….
Senator Levin: And can you tell us what Dutch officers you talked to who said that Srebrenica was in part caused because there were gay soldiers in the Dutch army?
General Sheehan: Chief of staff of the army, who was fired by the parliament because they couldn’t find anybody else to blame.