THIS JUST IN: You are not responsible for genocide

Whew, glad we cleared that one up. From Kerry Eleveld at the Advocate:

A Dutch officer has refuted the testimony of a retired U.S. Marine General before the Senate Armed Services Committee in which he suggested that the officer partially blamed openly gay service in the Dutch military for one of the worst massacres on European soil since World War II.

During last week’s hearing on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, former NATO commander General John Sheehan told committee members that a former Dutch Defense Chief-of-Staff, General Henk van den Breemen, said the “liberalization” of the Dutch forces rendered them incapable of protecting the people of Srebrenica in 1995 during the Bosnian war, when approximately 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed.

Van den Breemen rejected Sheehan’s account in a statement on the Dutch Ministry of Defense’s website, calling it “complete nonsense,” according to a translation provided the gay veterans group Servicemembers United.

The statement reads, “Sheehan based his claims on statements from then-Chief of Staff, General Henk van den Breemen. Van den Breemen, for his part, considers Sheehan’s accusations “complete nonsense.” Van den Breemen does not share Sheehan’s opinion on the role of homosexuals in the fall of Srebrenica, and has never said anything that would imply he did.”

The Dutch Minister of Defense also responded forcefully to the accusation, saying that Sheehan’s comments were “disgraceful and unbecoming.”

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