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Brazilian general says gay soldiers can’t command troops

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  1. What a nob

  2. Paul Halsall 5 Feb 2010, 4:23pm

    Tell that to Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar!

  3. Am i missing something here? If soliders wont obey orders from a gay commander, then surely thats a disciplinary issue for the soldier disobeying and not the commander?

  4. Chances are that they are already being commanded by gay officer somewhere in their command structure.

  5. BrazilBoysBlog 5 Feb 2010, 4:59pm

    @3 Indeed. You are quite right. This nob of a general (yes, they exist everywhere) is forgetting the number one rule of the military. You salute the UNIFORM, not the person wearing it!

    Not obeying the orders of a superior officer, regardless of his or her sexuality is a court-martial offense.

    This commission does seem out of step with the general wishes of the Brazilian people in appointing this nob to head the top military court. Brazil´s military ALLOWS gays and lesbians to be open about their sexuality.

    Military service is often a way for a young, poor, unskilled person to gain employment, housing and escape the streets. I myself know at least two openly bisexual soldiers here. But this general seems to be putting a promotion ´ceiling´ on them, giving the excuse that their orders will be ignored.

    Well dear general, if true, (and I have no reason to think it is), then surely that says more about your military and it´s lack of training regarding the chain of command?

  6. I agree with the comments above. Now could someone make sure that the committee this general was talking to get the message. Hola Brazilian Brothers and Sisters!!

  7. Napoleon also had gay Generals.

  8. Odd that Frederick the Great of Prussia and, more recently, Field-Marshal Montgomery didn’t appear to have this problem, isn’t it?

    I imagine similar arguments were trotted out when black officers were first promoted – maybe it’s just a matter of time, but it’s sad to think of those whose careers will never get beyond a certain point in the meantime.

  9. Brian Burton 7 Feb 2010, 10:32pm

    I hope he dos’nt mean ‘Lawrence Of Arabia?’

  10. But by saying that gay people won’t be listened to by other soldiers reinforces the idea that there’s a problem with gay commanders, and so sodiers won’t listen to them because there’s a problem being reinforced by the idea that they won’t be listened to…

    Ahem. Vicious circle of bull.

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