U.S. General: Gays Caused War Crimes

As Congress works on overturning the military's ban on openly gay soldiers, a retired U.S. general offered up a particularly grotesque argument against integration: gays cause genocide. John Sheehan, a former general and supreme commander of NATO, told a hearing on gays in the military that the presence of gay soldiers among Dutch U.N. peacekeepers was a factor in causing the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia. "That led to a force that was ill-equipped to go to war," and thus failed to stop Bosnian Serbs from killing Muslims, he said. After the hearing, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CNN: "I know of no historian or commentator who has attributed this massive failure to protect the citizens of Srebrenica to Dutch policy on gays serving openly in their military."