John Sheehan Faces Anger & CriticismMarch 19th, 2010 - 8:21 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri
Washington, Mar 19, (THAINDIAN NEWS) John Sheehan, who happens to be an ex-U.S. general had claimed that he believes that the Dutch soldiers and their tremendous failure at the Bosnian genocide in 1995 was solely because of the employment of gay soldiers. Needless to say, such a comment had made Senate Armed Services Committee go into a state of shock, while the ex-general went candid and clear about his claim.
In reaction to this, the Dutch Defense Ministry has called John Sheehan’s remarks “nonsense”. The spokesman said that all major nations employ gay soldiers and Netherlands is certainly no exception. Later on, while at a U.S. congressional hearing that discussed the issue of gay soldiers serving the country, ex-NATO commander John Sheehan had exclaimed that there is a direct link between the employment of homosexuals in Dutch Military and the Srebrenica massacre. The Bosnian Serb forces took over the Dutch rangers who were decked up lightly at the Srebrenica enclave mission. The process witnessed a heinous massacre of 7,000 Muslims. Refuting the argument of the NATO commander was Carl Levin, the chairman to U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Even Renee Jones-Bos, the Dutch ambassador to the United States, proclaimed that there is no such evidence that the Dutch military had gay inclusions among the troops.
Quite evidently, the massacre at Srebrenica is one touching issue that has been in muddy waters for quite some time now. The incident even triggered a six-year investigation on the part of the Dutch Government in 2002 trying to figure out the truth of the moment. Understandably, John Sheehan’s arguments failed to gain ground and the Dutch refused to accept such vague claims without any concrete evidence.
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