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," Sheehan said. "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." Carl Levin, chairman of the U.S. Senate's Armed Services Committee, asked: "Did the Dutch leaders tell you it was because there were gay soldiers there? Yes, they did. They included that as part of the problem," Sheehan said, according to a webcast on the website of the Senate Armed Services Committee.So there you have it. Let gays into the military and genocide happens. It may seem obvious to me, but let me explain General Sheehan's logic to those of you who are not yet part of the "blame the gays" movement. It goes something like this: There are two types of men: masculine and feminine. Masculine ones are straight; feminine ones are gay. Masculine men protect women and children; feminine ones dress women and children in fabulous outfits. This is what queer theorist Judith Butler has called "the heterosexual matrix." It is nice and neat and, as Butler points out, a complete and total fiction. But it serves to shore up heterosexual privilege by acting as if we can make these nice, neat lines between sex, gender and desire. Since hetero men are always "masculine," they are always able to "protect" women and children and Nation. Gay men are useless and are best left to exist in the margins of the nation state, if at all. The problem is when butch, gay men step into military roles and wanna kill them some Serbs or Muslims or Iraqis or Afghanis or fill in the blank. Another problem is when masculine men want to have sex with other masculine men. The most difficult problem, however, with the fiction of masculinity as always straight and always good comes along with war in the first place. What can we make of the fact that it was manly Serb men, straight in the eyes of God and Nation, who systematically killed 6000 Muslim men? Wasn't the real cause of genocide in Srebrenica hyper-agressive masculinity eliminating a perceived threat to itself? Actually, the more I think about Sheehan's logic, the more I see that the only conclusion we can draw is that masculine men, not gays, are the problem. Masculine men, regardless of desire, insist on "protecting" through "eliminating." Masculine men insist on purging all that is unlike them from their midst: women, gays, racial/ethnic/religious others. So today, when confronted with a problem, like a hang nail or global warming, I will mutter "Goddamned masculinity" and leave the fags alone.