So Maybe Gay Dutch Soldiers Didn’t Cause the Srebrenica Massacre After All

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 9:48 am

Retired Marine Gen. Jack Sheehan embarrassed himself earlier this month by testifying, in the form of a 36-point-font comic sans email forward, that the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims occurred because of the poor order and discipline of the Dutch peacekeepers guarding them, a consequence of the Dutch military’s acceptance of open homosexual service. There is simply no evidence of any such connection, and the Dutch vigorously objected to Sheehan’s testimony. Sheehan only testified because the Republican minority on the Senate Armed Services Committee informed the Democratic majority that it wanted a witness to argue for the continuation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” if the Dems wanted to bring forward two young officers cashiered for being gay. It ended up not being the best thought-out gambit.

Now the whole sorry episode has ended with Sheehan’s apology. The BBC reports:

[I]n an e-mail to Gen Breemen released by the Dutch defence ministry, Gen Sheehan said: “I am sorry that my recent public recollection of those discussions of 15 years ago inaccurately reflected your thinking on some specific social issues in the military.”

He added: “To be clear, the failure on the ground in Srebrenica was in no way the fault of the individual soldiers.”

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