You might have heard that retired Marine Gen. John Sheehan testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the marauding Bosnian Serb militiamen who overran got Dutch peacekeepers to abandon the Muslim safe area of Srebrenica succeeded because the Dutch allow homosexual military service. A four star general actually said this to a Senate panel. When it’s about faggots, you can just say whatever. Because they’re gay gay gay and, you know, eww.

Sen. Carl Levin got Renée Jones-Bos, the Dutch ambassador to the U.S., to issue the following statement:

“I heard the statements made by retired U.S. General Sheehan in today’s public hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee, in which he suggests a causal relationship between gays serving in the Dutch military forces and the massacre of Srebrenica. I couldn’t disagree more.

“I take pride in the fact that lesbians and gays have served openly and with distinction in the Dutch military forces for decades, such as in Afghanistan at the moment.

“The military mission of Dutch UN 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.”

Srebrenica was one of the signature human rights abuses of the 20th century. The memories of the victims of that atrocity deserve better than to have the truth of what happened confused with someone’s bigoted 36-point comic-sans-font email forward. And now Sheehan’s despicable misrepresentation is going to take on a life of its own, sure to show up in someone’s comment thread.