The wonderful thing about American generals is that they come with their own free tickle stick included – they don’t need Peter Sellers to send them up.
Former Supreme Commander of NATO, General John Sheehan this week argued, with an impressively straight if possibly half-paralysed face, at hearings in Washington DC examing the Pengatgon’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, that the reason 8000 Bosnian Muslims were infamously massacred at Srebrenica in 1995 was because the Dutch allow gay soldiers to serve in their army. Here’s the (conservative) Daily Telegraph’s account:
Gen Sheehan said that after the end of the Cold War, European militaries changed and concluded “there was no longer a need for an active combat capability.”
So, of course, those louche, ennervated Europeans it was his job as a manly Christian American warrior to order about threw their legs up in the air, snorted poppers and became completely passive.
He said this process included “open homosexuality” which resulted in “a focus on peacekeeping operations because they did not believe the Germans were going to attack again or the Soviets were coming back.”
Again, ‘open homosexuality’ – wide open, lubed-up homosexuality, no doubt. You really have to hand it to General Sheehan’s unconscious. After all, he has. But then, it’s not at all shy. It’s completely unhidden, undisguised and unabashed. It’s all out there. Way out there.
He went on to illustrate the fatal, irresistible consequences of allowing passive, open homosexuality in the military:
“The case in point that I’m referring to is when the Dutch were required to defend Srebrenica against the Serbs,” he said, referring to the UN peacekeeping force deployed to protect Bosnian Muslim civilians.
“The battalion was understrength, poorly led, and the Serbs came into town, handcuffed the soldiers to the telephone polls, marched the Muslims off and executed them.”
No doubt those faggy, understrength, poorly led Dutch soldiers enjoyed being handcuffed….
We shouldn’t really be so surprised at Sheehan’s worldview. Not just because this is the usual US Christian right ‘Sodom & Gomorrah’ obsession with divine punishment for tasting the forbidden fruit of male homosexuality (see Haiti earthquake, hurricane Katrina, 9-11, Aids etc. etc.) – God like totally hates it when your prostate gland is massaged and will slay your people like flies for allowing it to happen.
But also because Sheehan was a senior American general at the time that the Pentagon seriously and persistently considered developing a ‘Gay Bomb‘ – a chemical device that was to be dropped on enemy troops and somehow render them irresistible to one another (though now perhaps we should call it the ‘Dutch Bomb’) and thus of course render them completely impotent as fighting men. As I wrote in 2007:
The Pentagon’s love affair with the Gay Bomb also hints heavily that ticking away at the heart of its opposition to lifting the ban on gays serving, which involved much emphasis on the “close conditions” (cue endless TV footage of naked soldiers and sailors showering together) was an anxiety that if homosexuality wasn’t banned the U.S. Armed Forces would quickly turn into one huge, hot, military-themed gay orgy – that American fighting men would be too busy offering themselves to one another to defend their country. I sympathize. I too share the same fantasy – but at least I know it’s called gay porn.
Supreme NATO Commander General Sheehan on the other hand, along with much of the conservative US, thinks its called common sense.
All I can say is that their homo fantasies are much stronger than mine. I’m almost jealous.
Tip: Steve K