He said the former chief of staff of the Dutch army had told him that the presence of openly gay soldiers in the Dutch peacekeeping force were seen as ‘part of the problem’ which contributed to Srebrenica's fall. He added:
“Nations like Belgium, Luxembourg, the Dutch, et cetera, firmly believed there was no longer a need for an active combat capability in the militaries. (After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991) As a result, they declared a peace dividend and made a conscious effort to socialize their military. That includes THE UNIONIZATION OF THEIR MILITARIES. IT INCLUDES OPEN HOMOSEXUALITY… (The) combination was THE LIBERERALISATION of the military. The net effect was, basically, SOCIAL ENGINEERING...Asked to confirm whether Dutch leaders had told him that the Dutch military's performance was linked to its gay soldiers, Sheehan said:
That led to a force that was ILL-EQUIPPED TO GO TO WAR. 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.
THAT WAS THE LARGEST MASSACRE IN EUROPE SINCE WORLD WAR II.”
“YES. ... THEY INCLUDED THAT AS PART OF THE PROBLEM.”