General Points Finger at Gays in Bosnian Massacre
Posted on Mar 20, 2010
Listen to this: John Sheehan, a retired U.S. Marine officer and former NATO supreme commander during the war in Bosnia, has finally found a scapegoat for the estimated 8,000-plus Muslims who died in 1995’s Srebrenica massacre: homosexual Dutch soldiers.
The Srebrenica massacre, which occurred when Bosnian Serbs overran a Dutch U.N. peacekeeping force, was cited by Sheehan as a consequence of what happens when gays are allowed in the military. Sheehan was testifying at a U.S. Senate hearing on the subject. —JCL
A senior US officer and former Nato commander sparked outrage in the Netherlands today by declaring that gay soldiers in the Dutch military were one of the reasons for the Srebrenica massacre, the worst act of mass murder in Europe committed since the second world war.
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 like Srebrenica.
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.
U.S. Department of Defense
Gen. John Sheehan argued that openly allowing homosexuals into the military was part of a post-Cold War “socialization” process in Europe.