Arthur Max 06 Aug A balloon-festooned barge bearing the standards of the service branches and sponsored by the Defence Ministry sailed among about 80 other floats, with music blaring from most of them and dancers dressed in flamboyant costumes—or very little at all. The parade, watched by hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the Prinsengracht canal, capped a weeklong festival of around parties and events.
The retired general said:. That led to a force that was ill-equipped to go to war. The battalion was under-strength, poorly led, and the Serbs came into town, handcuffed the soldiers to the telephone poles, marched the Muslims off, and executed them.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender LGBT rights in the Netherlands have been some of the most progressive in the world. An age of consent equal with that of heterosexual activity was put in place in During the late 20th century, awareness surrounding homosexuality grew and society became more tolerant of homosexuals, eventually leading to its declassification as a mental illness in and a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military.
However Netherlands' caretaker Defense Minister Eimert van Middelkoop said Friday the claim was "damaging" and not worthy of a soldier. And Gen. Henk van den Breemen, Dutch Chief of Staff at the time of the Srebrenica genocide, called Sheehan's comments "total nonsense. Bosnian Serb forces overran lightly armed Dutch soldiers in the United Nations-designated enclave of Srebrenica in July and subsequently massacred more than 7, Muslim men and boys.
In the middle of the health care debate, you might have missed this item. Retired Marine General John Sheehan told Congress yesterday that the reason thousands of Bosnian men and boys were slaughtered at Srebrenica was because some of the Dutch peacekeeping soldiers guarding the UN "safe" area were gay. I know this story.
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The LGBT Military Index ranks over countries in a comparable overview of policies and best practices, which is designed to help those interested in promoting greater inclusion of LGBT personnel within armed forces. The Netherlands shares second place in the list with the United Kingdom, both of whom are behind the New Zealand armed forces. The Kiwi forces rank attained the highest ranking because they have active campaigns to show that everybody is welcome in the military, regardless of their sexual orientation.
The Dutch government condemned the comments by Gen John Sheehan, a former Nato commander and senior marine officer, as outrageous. Gen Sheehan made the remarks at a Senate hearing where he argued against plans by President Barack Obama to end a ban on allowing gays to serve openly in the US military. 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. 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.
Former US general says massacre due in part to Dutch army allowing gay troops. The case in point that I'm referring to is when the Dutch were required to defend Srebrenica against the Serbs," Sheehan said. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Jan-Willem de Bruin, from the Centre for Culture and Leisure in Amsterdam, the world's oldest gay, bisexual and transgender organisation, said he thought Sheehan's comments were "absolutely ridiculous".
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in"nations like Belgium, Luxembourg, the Dutch, et cetera, firmly believed there was no longer a need for an active combat capability in the militaries," John Sheehan, former supreme allied commander - Atlantic, told a Senate hearing on the don't ask, don't tell policy under which gays are not allowed to serve in the U. It includes open homosexuality demonstrated in a series of other activities, with a focus on peacekeeping operations, because they did not believe the Germans were going to attack again or the Soviets were coming back. The case in point that I'm referring to is when the Dutch were required to defend Srebrenica against the Serbs. The battalion was under-strength, poorly led, and the Serbs came into town, handcuffed the soldiers to the telephone poles, marched the Muslims off and executed them," Sheehan said.