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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-30-10 09:48 AM
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Sheehan apologizes for Dutch gays slur
Sheehan apologizes for Dutch gays slur
By Mike Corder - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Mar 30, 2010 10:06:14 EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands A retired Marine general has apologized for a remark to the U.S. Senate suggesting that gay Dutch soldiers were partly to blame for the Srebrenica massacre by Serb soldiers in Bosnia, according to the Defense Ministry.

The comment by retired Gen. John Sheehan during testimony opposing a proposal to allow gays to serve openly in the U.S. military caused an uproar in the Netherlands, where discrimination against gays is outlawed, including in the military.

The Defense Ministry released an e-mail Tuesday from Sheehan, a former NATO commander who retired from the military in 1997, to retired Dutch Gen. Henk van den Breemen saying he is sorry for his statements to the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 18.

In the e-mail, Sheehan says the 1995 murder of some 8,000 Muslim men in Bosnia's Srebrenica enclave "was in no way the fault of individual soldiers."

Outnumbered and outgunned by Serb forces, Dutch U.N. peacekeepers did not intervene as Muslim families seeking refuge at Srebrenica were separated and the men driven away to be summarily executed and plowed into mass graves.


Rest of article at: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/03/ap_sheehan_033010...
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-30-10 09:59 AM
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1. What a dumbass!
The general's statement was simply bizarre and I wonder if he is losing his mind to alzheimers or something.
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sui generis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-30-10 10:55 AM
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2. like everything socially conservative it's the first appearance that counts
so speaking points forever after this will be that gays in the military inevitably leads to genocide. Nobody is going to point out that he recanted his remark.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-30-10 12:01 PM
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3. It's not an apology, you dickwad Sheehan...try again, numbnuts! n/t
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Toasterlad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-30-10 12:13 PM
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4. Asshole.
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Laughing Mirror Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-30-10 03:53 PM
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5. An apology to van den Breemen, perhaps
But I see no apology to gay people.

And we're paying this motherfucker's splendid retirement.

Fuck him.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-30-10 11:59 PM
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6. Email? Get up in front of the cameras, General Fuckstick. (n/t)
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