March 19, 2010

Now this is interesting

U.S. Marine Gen. John Sheehan testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that "the Dutch policy of allowing gays to serve openly in its military was partly to blame for its failure to halt the largest genocide in Europe since World War II":

Dutch soldiers accounted for most of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995 when Serb forces overran what was supposed to be a United Nations "safe zone" and systematically executed 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

Several senators listening to Sheehan's testimony were incredulous. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked him, "Did the Dutch leaders tell you it (the fall of Srebrenica) was because there were gay soldiers there?"

"Yes," Sheehan responded. "They included that as part of the problem." He said the former chief of staff of the Dutch army had told him.

The Dutch Embassy and Ministry of Defense hotly dispute Sheehan's testimony, the former issuing a statement which said "The military mission of Dutch U.N. soldiers at Srebrenica has been exhaustively studied and evaluated, nationally and internationally. There is nothing in these reports that suggests any relationship between gays serving in the military and the mass murder of Bosnian Muslims."

Now I've little problem with allowing homosexuals to serve in the armed forces as gay Americans should have the same constitutional rights as anyone else. However, I've asked the following question numerous times in various forums and never have gotten a logical response from liberals/"progressives" (who tend to reflexively favor overturning the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy): Why, if gays are permitted to serve openly in our armed forces, should they not be housed separately from heterosexuals? After all, if men and women should be segregated, then why not gays and straights?

The usual (visceral) replies are along the lines of "It's homophobic to imply that gays 'cannot control themselves' if housed with straights." Well, OK ... but then why isn't it heterophobic to segregate [straight] men and women from each other?? Can't straights "control themselves?" Either house ALL those who serve together in the same barracks, or segregate EVERYONE.

Fair enough?

Posted by Hube at March 19, 2010 02:12 PM | TrackBack

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I do have to correct you on one point of order. There is no constitutional right to serve in the military. One can be disqualified from serving in our armed forces for any number of reasons, whether they be physical, psychological, or otherwise.

As one who served in the U.S. Army for 12 years, I can attest that I would not have appreciated being ogled in the shower any more than a female soldier would like to be ogled by a male soldier in the same situation.

With that in mind, I would wholeheartedly support segregation by both and sex and sexual preference.

Posted by: Chanman at March 22, 2010 02:09 AM