Your search returned over 400 essays for "prisoners of war"
1  2  3  4  5    Next >>

Prisoners of War During WWII

- Wars have essentially been the backbone of history. A war can make or break a country. As the result of war, a country can lose or gain territory and a war directly impacts a countries’ economy. When we learn about wars in schools we usually are taught about when they start, major events/ battles, and when they end. It would take a year or two to cover one war if we were to learn about everything. One thing that is commonly overlooked and we take for granted, is prisoners of war. Most people think of concentration camps and the millions of Jews that suffered when prisoners and war are mentioned in the same sentence....   [tags: World War II]

Better Essays
1089 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

Prisoners of War

- Throughout history, prisoners of war have been mistreated. In the early history of warfare, there was recognition of a prisoner of war status. The defeated enemy was either killed or enslaved by the victor (Encyclopedia Britannica). During the time of the Aztecs, a prisoner’s negotiation option was to have their heart cut out (Smallwood). Until 1929, no one cared about the treatment of Prisoners of war because there was no greater power to stop the captors from mistreating them. But when the Geneva Conventions were signed, there was something to stop the detaining power from inhumane treatment....   [tags: rights, Geneva Convention, responsabilities]

Powerful Essays
1736 words | (5 pages) | Preview

Prisoners of War

- Prisoners of War What has our society classified as a prisoner of war. A prisoner of war is someone who is a member of regular or irregular armed forces of a nation at war held by the enemy. After two years of war with the Middle East our society wonders what happens to the prisoners in jail. The other conflicts of prisoners of war is how they are treated in jail, also what did they do to be detained as a prisoner of war. In most situations, there is a legitimate reason why these people are taken captive....   [tags: War Politics Government Essays]

Powerful Essays
2985 words | (8.5 pages) | Preview

Prisoners of War

- Prisoners of War The United States angers terrorists and other foreigners on a daily basis, but we find it hard to understand why. Examples abound and most often relate to ignorant decisions on behalf of the government concerning the welfare of these foreigners. The situation on the island of Cuba at the Naval Station of Guantánamo Bay has grown out of hand. Here, the U.S. holds the prisoners that it has captured as part of its war on terrorism in a camp. They hold ver 600 men there without contact with their home countries or families and without the legal consultation of a lawyer....   [tags: War Hostage Violence Government Essays]

Powerful Essays
1410 words | (4 pages) | Preview

Terrorists Should Be Treated as Prisoners of War

- Terrorism has been affecting the world for many years, but most especially since September 11th. Countless amounts of time and money have been spent; many soldiers and American resources have gone out try to stop the problem, but what happens to the terrorists after they have been captured. A basic level of humane treatment needs to be given to all people even those suspected of or convicted of terroristic offences. Using torture to attempt to find more information is not the most helpful or effective method that could be applied....   [tags: Treat Terrorists Like Enemy Combatants]

Powerful Essays
2008 words | (5.7 pages) | Preview

Prisoners of War in World War II

- Prisoners of War in World War II If you have never been a Prisoner of War (POW), you are extremely lucky. The prisoners of war during the World War II, (1939-1945) were treated poorly with no respect or consideration and were given the living conditions worse than animals. It was an extremely bad situation that no human being could survive. They were mistreated, manhandled, beat and even shot defending their country. No one wanted to go to war, but for those men who did, and for those who survived as POWs will always regret it....   [tags: World War II History]

Free Essays
529 words | (1.5 pages) | Preview

World War II - Australian Prisoners of War in Japan

- In 1937, Japan started a war against China, in search of more resources to expand its empire. In 1941, during World War II, Japan attacked America which is when the Allies (Australia, Britain etc.) then declared war on Japan. Before long the Japanese started extending their territory closer and closer to Australia and started taking surrendering troops into concentration camps where they were starved, diseased and beaten. When they were captured, one survivor reports that they were told ‘You are the guest of the Japanese you will be spared but not your country....   [tags: Japan, Allies, Geneva Convention]

Better Essays
977 words | (2.8 pages) | Preview

The Geneva Convention's Influence on the Treatment of Prisoners of War

- What is the Geneva Convention. The Geneva Convention was created to take care of prisoners of war. It contains rules about the treatment and rights of prisoners of war during captivity. A quote told by Michael Ignatieff, Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry about the Geneva convention: “...our species is one, and each of the individuals who compose it are entitled to equal moral consideration.” It sets out:  All prisoners receive a respectful treatment....   [tags: captivity, camps, starvation]

Better Essays
676 words | (1.9 pages) | Preview

How Should Prisoners of War be Treated?

- How Should Prisoners of War be Treated. In an op-ed piece for the New York Times, entitled "George W. to George W.," Thomas Friedman writes about the treatment of prisoners in United States custody being held in Iraq and Afghanistan. Friedman writes in his "George W." piece that “We killed 26 of our prisoners of war. In 18 cases, people have been recommended for prosecution or action by their supervising agencies, and eight other cases are still under investigation.” Friedman goes on to write that the United States has been very lax when it comes to punishing those United States officials and officers in charge during the time that prisoners of war have been tortured and killed....   [tags: American Soldiers Violence Army Essays]

Powerful Essays
3179 words | (9.1 pages) | Preview

Comparing the Treatment of Prisoners of War in the Andersonville and the Rock Island Prison Camp during the Civil War

- A. Plan of investigation The ethics and rules of war have been a fiercely debated topic for centuries. One facet of war that is particularly divisive is the treatment of prisoners of war. This investigation compares the treatment of prisoners of war in the Andersonville and Rock Island prison camps during the American Civil War. Andersonville and Rock Island are widely regarded as the harshest prison camps of the Confederate and Union armies, respectively. The conditions of each camp will be examined and compared using factors such as nutrition, living arrangements, habits of camp leaders, and death rates....   [tags: ethics and rules of war]

Powerful Essays
1709 words | (4.9 pages) | Preview

Theory of War

- Theory of War The Theory of War is an ideology of what is acceptable in the context of war which covers aspects of war including reasonable cause, treatment of prisoners, what kind of tactics are aloud, and so. All of these are split in to two different categories; with one being the right to go to war, and the conduct of war. Many influences of the Theory of War include many Christian ideals which can reflect religions impact on the world. Some of the first known ideas that relate to the Theory of War date back to 400 BCE with the Mahabrarata, an Indian epic which doesn't directly establish war theory but lays down some of the principles of war theory in concern with how war should be co...   [tags: Treatment of Prisoners, World War II]

Strong Essays
1158 words | (3.3 pages) | Preview

The Differences in the Treatment of Prisoners of War by Britain, Germany and Japan

- The Differences in the Treatment of Prisoners of War by Britain, Germany and Japan Works Cited Not Included According international law a POW is defined as "persons captured by a belligerent while fighting in the military." International law includes "rules on the treatment of prisoners of war but extends protection only to combatants. This excludes civilians who engage in hostilities (by international law they are war criminals) and forces that do not observe conventional requirements for combatants." 1 In order to protect the rights of Prisoners of War a convention was set up which laid down the conditions in which a prisoner could be held....   [tags: Papers]

Powerful Essays
2666 words | (7.6 pages) | Preview

The Geneva Convention: Preventing Atrocities Towards Prisoners of War

- The Geneva Convention: Preventing Atrocities Towards Prisoners of War The Allied established the Geneva Convention to protect wounded soldiers in 1864. They amended it four times with the fourth time following some of most atrocious acts against prisoners of war during World War II. I will provide evidence of what I believe led to the modifications of the Geneva Convention in 1949 to protect POWs. I will present the reasons behind the amendment and accounts of the 6th Bomb Squadron 29th Bomb Group 314th Wing during World War II....   [tags: American America History]

Free Essays
1382 words | (3.9 pages) | Preview

The Holocaust and Nazi Germany

- ... Although the first prisoners to arrive in concentration camps were mostly political groups, Hitler and the Nazi Party began to put their upmost focus on the Jewish race. The Nazis and Hitler used extreme propaganda in attempt for people to accept their actions. Hitler made the Jews out to be a problem and a threat to the purity and perfection of German society (Holocaust Encyclopdia: Nazi Propaganda ). In Hitler’s speech to the Reichstag in September, 1942, he states, “In my speech before the Reichstag on the first of September 1939, I spoke of two matters: first, since we are forced into war, neither the threat of weapons nor a period of transition shall conquer us; second, if world Je...   [tags: World War II, Hitler, Prisoners]

Better Essays
1094 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

Life Behind Bars

- Life Behind Bars Almost every nation in the world took a fighting stance in World War 2, the bloodiest, deadliest, war ever known where tragedy had struck all around. Not one place was completely unscathed by the marks of yet another unnecessary war that had occurred once again. With more than thirty-eight million dead, many of them being innocent people, civilians all around had to endure the painful experiences that made a lasting impression on the world and will be remembered forever (Scholastic)....   [tags: world war 2, blanket protest, prisoners]

Better Essays
935 words | (2.7 pages) | Preview

Dachau Concentration Camp in World War II

- ... Dachau camp was also a training center for SS concentration camp guards. Because Dachau was the first regular concentration camp the way it was organized and the routine they had became a model for the many other concentration camps that were later made. Dachau had two sections, one was the crematories where many Jewish bodies were burned day and night 24/7 and the other which was the camp area. The camp area which was the second part of Dachau had 32 barracks, with one for those who opposed what the Nazi’s were doing, and another one that was for medical experiments....   [tags: jewish, guards, crematorium, prisoners]

Better Essays
821 words | (2.3 pages) | Preview

The Benefits of World War One on Australia

- ... In 1915 no wheat was available from Russia to be transported to Britain and poor crops in America resulted in Britain buying the entire Australian refrigerated mutton and beef supply for the rest of the war. Wars require uniforms, bandages and clothing and as other countries needed these, the whole wool clip bought at 55% above pre-war values (Anzac Day Committee Qld, 2014). These factors protected and boosted Australian industry and far outweighed the damage caused by the loss of trade to the Central powers....   [tags: allies, economy boost, prisoners]

Better Essays
876 words | (2.5 pages) | Preview

Prisoners : Prisoners And Prisoners

- 2. Prisoners must participate in all prison activities. 3. Prisoners must address each other by number only. 4. Prisoners must always address the guards as "Mr. Correctional Officer," and the warden as "Mr. Chief Correctional Officer." 5. Failure to obey any of the above rules may result in punishment. These strict guidelines along with over 10 others helped shape the prison. The guards at the beginning of the experiment formed these guidelines. Their authority, from the start, was absolute. They did not allow prisoners to speak, eat or even use the restroom without permission....   [tags: Stanford prison experiment, Philip Zimbardo]

Strong Essays
1086 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

Human Guinea Pigs: Prisoners

- ... The harm of violation of someone’s human rights does not only affect prisoners as individuals but also affects the whole society, that this will turn the society into a non-tolerance society; because the research policy is sending a strong message that it's not only legal but also moral to violate prisoner's human rights and that it's acceptable to treat them as animals for medical experiments. The use of prisoners in medical research is about exploitation and profit. However, one must consider the long-term effects and outcomes of prisoner research on society and health care....   [tags: medical, research, inmoral, society]

Better Essays
2029 words | (5.8 pages) | Preview

The Brutal Treatment Of Prisoners During The Holocaust

- In all of history there have been very few events as horrific and detestable as those which occurred during one of the longest and most prolific examples of genocide that has ever occurred, The Holocaust. During this time, Hitler ascended to power and devised a plan that called for the creation of the Aryan race by carrying out The Final Solution. In this plan, Jews as well as many other undesirables were captured and eventually imprisoned in one of many concentration camps established throughout all of Europe....   [tags: The Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Jews, Antisemitism]

Strong Essays
1323 words | (3.8 pages) | Preview

The Pain and Suffering of War

- Twenty nine million casualties and eight and a half million deaths was the final tally for the four year conflict known as the Great War. Dubbed the First World War, the clash between the Allies and the Central Powers encompassed almost all regions of the globe. The war was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. Because the perpetrators, a terrorist group called the Black Hand, were situated in the nearby country of Serbia, the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy sent the Serbs a list of uncompromising demands....   [tags: War]

Term Papers
1815 words | (5.2 pages) | Preview

The War Of 1812 And The American War

- The War of 1812 was a battle fought between the United States and Great Britain, along with help from Canada and the Native Americans, from June 18, 1812 to February 18, 1815. The United States declared war against Great Britain due to multiple disputes that included trade restrictions against the United States, the capture of American sailors and the support of Native American tribes fighting against American settlers. These issues led to the War of 1812 which Americans ultimately declared the “Second War of Independence”....   [tags: United States, War of 1812]

Strong Essays
1152 words | (3.3 pages) | Preview

The War Of The Korean War

- War. Division. Terrible battles. Pestilence. And prisoners. What do these things have in common. Are all a part of history. Yes. Have they all happened in most, if not every country in the world. Yes. Do they prove that mankind is corrupt. Yes. War is a terrible but common event in our recorded history. Many places have seen scores of battles fought upon their land. Many people living in the Unites States today have at least one family member currently serving in U.S. military. In fact, the United States itself has seen one civil war, two world wars, and many others in which it has either directly or indirectly been involved in the action....   [tags: Korean War, World War II, North Korea, Kim Il-sung]

Strong Essays
1030 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

The Korean War

- On 25 June 1950, the Republic of South Korea was invaded by the North Korean Democratic people. Then, many things started to happen and these showed that they became the main significance of the Cold War that had been going on between the Allies power and the communists, since World War II was over. The invasion by the North Korean communists made President Harry Truman got furious. He looked at the attack as a direct dispute to America's decision to fight against international communism and to his 1947 Truman Doctrine....   [tags: History War]

Powerful Essays
1655 words | (4.7 pages) | Preview

International Rights of Prisoners and Detainees

- It is estimated that over 10.2 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world. With an overall population exceeding 7 billion this means that for every 100,000 people, 144 are detained or imprisoned. The prison population has grown proportionately larger in the past 15 years outpacing the general population growth by 10%. This phenomenon is becoming increasingly more apparent with countries, such as the United States struggling with a colossal incarceration rate, and countless reports of abysmal conditions and inhumane treatment across the globe....   [tags: penal institutions, human rights]

Strong Essays
1134 words | (3.2 pages) | Preview

Missing Child in the Movie "Prisoners"

- Held an Overall Captive of Prisoners Written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film Prisoners, was released in the fall of 2013 (IMDb). While the film offers a universal theme of “what would you do if your child went missing?”, has a substantial plot that is riddled with religious references and symbols, filled with twists and turns, and a superb cast of well-known actors, the movie fails because of its plot predictability, an unsatisfying ending and portrayals of characters that fall into unflattering stereotypes....   [tags: Film, Suspense, Plot]

Term Papers
2260 words | (6.5 pages) | Preview

Nazis Use of Slave Labor

- Nazis Use of Slave Labor During WWII the Nazis lent out their prisoners to companies. Companies and others benefited from the forced labor of prisoners allowing the Nazis to illegally profit from their labor and caused an increase in the Nazi need for prisoners perpetuating the Holocaust. Backround During WWII the Nazis used slave labor to make some extra money for the war effort against the allied countries. “In the 1930’s the Nazis started economically exploiting the prisoners of the concentration camps(The Holocaust.)”....   [tags: Prisoners, Jews]

Good Essays
1163 words | (3.3 pages) | Preview

Conscience in War

- You’re in an unstable bunker that goes to only the top of your shoulders. You’re in Iraq, a land you have studied yet still feel as unfamiliar with as a never-ending desert. Your drill sergeant is screaming at you to fire at your enemies. You freeze. This was not what you remember signing up for. You came to this foreign land because you wanted to defend yourself and because you love America. When aiming at stationary targets not firing back, you felt in control. You didn’t really think about what you are doing then....   [tags: war, Conscience, Iraq, ]

Better Essays
861 words | (2.5 pages) | Preview

President Nixon and the Vietnam War

- The politics of the ultratight resonated deeply with Richard Nixon. Nixon had cut his political teeth as a young Red-hunting member of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. His home district in Orange Country, California, was widely known as a Birch Society stronghold. The Los Angeles-area Birch Society claimed the membership of several political and economic elites, including members of the Chandler family, which owned and published the Los Angeles Times. According to the writer David Halberstam (1979, 118) the Times, which was once described as “the most rabid Labor-bating, Red-hating paper in the United States,” virtually created Richard Nixon....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

Powerful Essays
2530 words | (7.2 pages) | Preview

The Korean War Veterans Memorial

- The Korean War Veterans Memorial Research Paper: The Korean War Veterans Memorial is an ominous depiction of an American squad on patrol alongside a 164 foot mural wall, to show that freedom is not free. The memorial is dedicated to those who served in the Korean War but more importantly those of them who were killed in action, are still missing in action, or were held as prisoners of war. The memorial was created by Frank Gaylord and Louis Nelson. The objective of the memorial is to remind the public of the dedication to the United States of the men and women who served in the Korean War....   [tags: World War II, Korean War, South Korea]

Strong Essays
1693 words | (4.8 pages) | Preview

Treatment of World War II Prisioners: Japan vs. United States

- Treatment of World War II Prisoners of War: Japan vs. United States The topic of POW's is a fascinating one that can be dealt with in various ways. First, one can gain information from primary sources from diaries and journals kept by POWs or their captors and guards. Second, there are secondary sources that can give general overviews of what treatment the POWs received. Another interesting thing in learning about POWs is to compare how the prisoners were supposed to be treated (in accordance with international law) and how they were actually treated....   [tags: History World War POW]

Strong Essays
1288 words | (3.7 pages) | Preview

Vietnam War : The Longest And Most Expensive War

- Vietnam Analysis The Vietnam War was the longest and most expensive war in the American History and it was the most unpopular war among the 20th century. This war had about 60,000 deaths of Americans and around 2 millions deaths amongst the Vietnamese. So, Why were we even there. Was this war necessary. Or was it some sort of heroic cause in attempt to save the South Vietnamese from a totalitarian government. From 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese had paid for an anti-colonial war against France, which in return, received a staggering amount of $2.6 billion for some financial support gifted by the United States....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, United States]

Strong Essays
1315 words | (3.8 pages) | Preview

World War II Poetry

- World War II Poetry World War II was a gruesome time. Many people were captured and kept as prisoners of war just because they were soldiers on the enemy's side. The saddest part though is that innocent families, from children to elders, were kept in camps because of their race. The country feared they were still in conspiracy with their homeland which was the enemy. In extreme cases, like the Holocaust, the Germans were kept the Jews hostage and killed by the thousands all because they felt their race was inferior....   [tags: world history, war, writing, art]

Better Essays
909 words | (2.6 pages) | Preview

The Disparity in Sentencing Amongst Minority Prisoners

- THE DISPARITY IN SENTENCING AMONGST MINORITY PRISONERS Although some say the disparity of minority to white prison sentences are due to repeat offenses by second and third time offenders, the disparity in the population between black and white Americans in the U.S. doesn't support the fact there are more blacks than whites in American prisons. The make- up of judges, juries and law enforcement officials in the judicial system are a factor. A larger percentage of white defendants come before a judge then black defendants, however the conviction rate and sentences imposed for blacks is higher for the same relative crimes committed....   [tags: minoritities, jail, prison, whites, blacks]

Term Papers
955 words | (2.7 pages) | Preview

Vietnam War Memory and the Nixon Administration

- The battle over reconstructing the collective memory of the Vietnam War is a battle over reinterpreting America, and it started even before the end of the war, and continues to the present day. George Orwell summarized the significance of such struggles in his novel 1984: “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” Since national leaders invariably assume a leading role in the development of an official memory of traumatic events in a nation’s history, the article begins with Nixon’s efforts in redefining and reconstructing the war....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

Powerful Essays
2144 words | (6.1 pages) | Preview

The Vietnam War

- The Vietnam War was known for the thousands of lived that were lost and the billions of dollars in debt that destroyed the US economy. To this day, it is debatable as to whether or not US involvement in the war was worth the devastation it caused to the country. In 1954, French involvement in Vietnam ended and led to the Geneva Conference where a ceasefire agreement was negotiated. From the Geneva Accords, Vietnam was divided into two portions, North and South, at the 17th parallel. At the time, North Vietnam was communist and was gaining followers quickly (Rogers)....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem]

Better Essays
1004 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

Realist Viewpoint of World War II

- ... At that time General Eisenhower expressed his dreading opinion of the devastating decision, the Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson though the strategy move was necessary to win against Japan. Eisenhower thought the contrary, he even tried to go speak with President Truman and his advisors to change their mind, however his recommendation was ignored. Why would a General risk his position if he did not thought it was truly necessary. He believed Japan was trying to surrender but did not know how to do so and maintain its face, expressing his depression for the shock that would be given to the world....   [tags: interest, devision, surrender, war]

Strong Essays
871 words | (2.5 pages) | Preview

World War I

- Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker, authors of 14-18: Understanding the Great War, are directors of the Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne, an international museum and research center near the Somme. Audoin-Rouzeau graduated from Jules Verne University of Picardy, and Becker graduated from the University of Paris, X-Nanterre. Both have completed a high volume of research and writings on World War I. Each has also published one book relating to World War I before writing 14-18: Understanding the Great War....   [tags: History, War, Informative]

Better Essays
1788 words | (5.1 pages) | Preview

The Role that Other Lesser-known Concentration Camps Play in the Holocaust

- ... Westerbork was not a concentration camp, but rather a transit camp. Jews were imprisoned in transit camps before being sent on to a concentration camp or deported to one of the six Nazi extermination camps in Poland” (Transit Camps) Westerbork was located in the northeast of the Netherlands. Originally, it was set up to hold German Jews who had entered the Netherlands illegally, but was then transformed shortly after the Germans invaded in May 1940. Following Westerbork was the most well known concentration camp of the entire Holocaust....   [tags: prisoners, buchenwald, prejudice, discrimination]

Term Papers
1389 words | (4 pages) | Preview

Determining the Legality of the Confinement with Habeas Corpus

- Even though some prisoners are deemed dangerous, they should not be held indefinitely because it is against their civil liberties. Prisoners should either be tried and sentenced or released. It is a person’s right to have a clear statement as to why they are being held captive and be released if there is no evidence against them. Habeas corpus is a Latin term meaning, "you have the body". Habeas corpus is a court order, which directs officials who have custody of a prisoner to appear in court with him in order to determine the legality of his confinement....   [tags: prisoners, court, civil liberties]

Good Essays
548 words | (1.6 pages) | Preview

Proficiency of People Before and After War

- Proficiency of people before and after war The current civilization in most countries across the world has brought with it a number of challenges. The fact that most countries nowadays operate as sovereign states implies that there will always be some instances where these countries will strongly disagree on global issues affecting them (Abidi and Singh 12). As such, whether justified or not, there will always be wars and physical confrontations between disagreeing sovereign states. When such wars occur, affected countries usually divert their attention and useful resources to combating the enemy in the effort of protecting their sovereign pride....   [tags: Countries, Sovereign States, War, World History]

Powerful Essays
1758 words | (5 pages) | Preview

Are we or are we not the prisoners?

- Are we or are we not the prisoner or our own conceptions. In the cave allegory, Plato describes the human condition as a type of blissful ignorance. I agree with Plato that we are prisoners of our own belief. In this essay, I describe my own opinions and issues to answer some of the questions. The first question that I would like to discuss is, Are we prisoners to our own beliefs and notions of truth. I believe that we are prisoners to our own beliefs because since childhood different beliefs and notions of truth have been imposed on me through family, friends, and society....   [tags: essays research papers]

Good Essays
774 words | (2.2 pages) | Preview

Prisoners Written by Aaron Guzikowski and Directed by Denis Villeneuve

- Prisoners (2013), written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve, portrays the story of two families torn a part after their daughters are kidnapped. The film follows the psychological horror that can overcome a parent’s fear when an event like this happens. You either choose to keep faith or crawl deep with hate, grief, regrets and revenge. The cinematography of this film is quite impressive, as the images are completed with intriguing sequences from scene to scene. The authentic feel and realism in this film is fascinating; there is also the practice of face to face drama that projects a lot of credibility....   [tags: film review and analysis]

Better Essays
1302 words | (3.7 pages) | Preview

What Makes Waterboarding Torture?

- Why Waterboarding is Torture The US Reservations of the UN Convention against Torture defines torture as “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining information from a person.” Waterboarding fits into this definition very well. In the “How to Do It” article waterboarding is described as filling up the upper respiratory system with water causing both physical and mental pain. This causes the person being tortured to feel like they are drowning without them actually dying from the drowning....   [tags: suffering, prisoners, guantanamo]

Good Essays
550 words | (1.6 pages) | Preview

The United States ' Involvement And Policies Regarding Their Participation During The Cold War

- Group Discussion Essay Week 3: Cold War and Vietnam Brooke Lake History 413: Contemporary America Professor Brock Ruggles October 28, 2015 I. The United States’ involvement and policies concerning their participation in the Cold War would become an integral part of Vietnam throughout the span of November 1955 to August 1973. The competition of political ideologies between the Western Bloc (The United States and its allies) and the Eastern Bloc (The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and its allies, including China) would influence the third world during the Cold War....   [tags: Cold War, Vietnam War, South Vietnam]

Strong Essays
1070 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

American Pirsoners Of War In Vietnam

- Prisoners of War (POWs): In international law, term used to designate incarcerated members of the armed forces of an enemy, or noncombatants who render them direct service and who have been captured during wartime.1 This definition is a very loose interpretation of the meaning of Prisoners of War (POWs). POWs throughout history have received harsh and brutal treatment. Prisoners received everything from torture to execution. However, in recent times efforts have been made to reduce these treatments and to get humane treatment for POWs....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

Powerful Essays
2205 words | (6.3 pages) | Preview

The Significance of Vietnam War

- The Significance of The Vietnam War Within one generation, The United States have experienced The Second World War, The Korean War and fifteen years of The Cold War crisis. The Vietnam War was the last drop into the cup of American patience. The costs of The Vietnam War were intolerable, because they contravened traditional American values and hopes. In the year 1965, American government announced, with public support, that America is going to win the guerilla war and defeat the “global communist conspiracy”....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

Strong Essays
1705 words | (4.9 pages) | Preview

Analysis of Christopher Coker´s Essay: Can War be Eliminated?

- Since the end of the Cold War, non-state actors have risen in both prevalence and apparent power. The presence of non-state entities has caused significant ethical and political problems with Western ideology. Coker discusses issues concerning non-state actors in “Ethics and War in the 21st Century” with special attention given to the conflicting cultural ideas regarding warfare concerning the USA. The ability to label a target as not only an enemy combatant, but a fundamentally opposed force that is willing to ignore common practices and ethics is one that Coker denounces and attempts to explain....   [tags: Cold War, Tactics, Argument]

Strong Essays
1016 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

Torture Goes against Domestic Human Rights Laws

- Torture has been a security system for many countries for a long time. Torture is “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental is intentionally inflicted on person for such purpose as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed” (Bassiouni 418). Torture is a very complicated subject, because there are many ways of torture like waterboarding, beating, head-slapping, and electro-shock....   [tags: means of obtaining information from prisoners]

Better Essays
866 words | (2.5 pages) | Preview

The Horrors of World War II Depicted in Literary Works of Twentieth Century Writers

- World War II had many effects in the middle of the twentieth century. Included are the emotional and psychological effects on those who wrote literary works and used their experiences as subjects to write about. Such are the cases of Italian writers who saw to the deepest extents the effects of WWII in Italy. Twentieth century Europe has been for many people a time of great turmoil and destruction. Two world wars have impacted the lives of many, and the events in the war have been the source of inspiration for great writers....   [tags: world war II, european history]

Strong Essays
1240 words | (3.5 pages) | Preview

The Great War And World War I

- When interpreting history, it is much easier to point a finger and blame, rather than gather information and understand what really happened. The Great War, or World War I as it became known, is a great example of misinformation and many nations blaming each other for its outbreak. Common knowledge would argue that Germany, the new European superpower was the direct cause of the devastating war. However, recent evidence points that each nation engaged in the war had an ulterior motive for joining it....   [tags: World War I, Bosnia and Herzegovina, German Empire]

Better Essays
886 words | (2.5 pages) | Preview

Did The United State Commit War Crimes Against Japan During WW II?

- Part A- Plan: This investigation will evaluate the question, to what extent did the United States of America commit war crimes against Japanese civilians and POWs during their Pacific campaign in World War II. This question is important because it raises present day controversy that the United States did not commit war crimes, when evidence may prove otherwise. The scope of this investigation focuses on the United States entry into World War II and the events during the war, specifically the war with Japan in the Pacific during 7 December 1941 – 2 September 1945....   [tags: pacific campaign, the fog of war]

Better Essays
878 words | (2.5 pages) | Preview

The Vietnam War - The 1968 Tet Offensive

- The Vietnam War - The 1968 Tet Offensive For several thousand years, Vietnamese Lunar New Year has been a traditional celebration that brings the Vietnamese a sense of happiness, hope and peace. However, in recent years, It also bring back a bitter memory full of tears. It reminds them the 1968 bloodshed, a bloodiest military campaign of the Vietnam War the North Communists launched against the South. The "general offensive and general uprising" of the north marked the sharp turn of the Vietnam War....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

Free Essays
1585 words | (4.5 pages) | Preview

World War Two and the Atomic Bomb

- World War Two and the Atomic Bomb World War II is one of the most historic points in the history of the world. The war was by far the most devastating in the history of the world. There were many controversial actions during the war, but one of the biggest was the decision by the United States to drop atomic bombs. The atomic bomb should have been used to end the war because it saved more lives than continuing the war. The official bombing order was signed on July 25, 1945, by Thos. T. Handy and sent to General Carl Spaatz....   [tags: WWII World War 2 Essays]

Good Essays
741 words | (2.1 pages) | Preview

Wwi Of The Great War

- WWI The Great War WWI was the war to end all wars; it is referred by many as the “Great War”. Just what about this war was so great. Could it have been because of the largest death tolls ever seen before. Or possibly the greatness came from the way the war changed world and the world’s thought forever. The changes that happened during the war nearly put an end to all of Europe. It was the aftermath of the war that truly had the largest effect on the world. Perhaps one of the most vital parts of information to the start of World War was the large amount of treaties....   [tags: World War I, World War II]

Strong Essays
1523 words | (4.4 pages) | Preview

Michael Dougherty Diary : A Prisoner Of War

- In Michael Dougherty diary, he writes about his experiences as a prisoner of war to the confederates. This is a primary source of how those camps functioned, and how they treated them so cruelly. I believe that the northern prisoners were treated very badly. On February 26th 1863, Michael was in the 13th pennsylvania cavalry when his troop was ordered to go scout out the Shenandoah Valley. They captured eight rebel foragers and drove the rest to camp Woodstock, 11th Rebel regiment, but on their return, they were captured by the enemy that flanked them on both sides....   [tags: Prison, The Prisoner, Confederate States Army]

Better Essays
1074 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

The Reasons Why the Vietnam War Lasted So Long

- The Reasons Why the Vietnam War Lasted So Long It is said that the U.S. has never gotten over the Vietnam War and it is still a controversial war, these are the reasons why the Vietnam War lasted so long. In 1973, the United States and North Vietnam signed a treaty called the Paris Peace Agreement; this was the beginning of the withdrawal of all remaining U.S. forces from Vietnam which was mandated by the treaty ("Vietnam War," 1991). Also in the agreement was the return of U.S. prisoners of war, and a cease-fire (1991)....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

Free Essays
1076 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

The Justification of the Use of Atomic Weapons in World War Two

- The Justification of the Use of Atomic Weapons in World War II Oppenheimer and Einstein-The names even today invoke awe and heated debate in the same breath. Beginning in 1939, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt about the possibilities of developing and the establishment of a nuclear bomb for the United States. This letter stated, “This new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs, and it is conceivable—though much less certain—that extremely powerful bombs of this type may be constructed.” ( Einstein stated that the United States needed to secure a supply of uranium ore, either from Canada or Czechoslovakia....   [tags: WWII World War 2 Essays]

Strong Essays
1057 words | (3 pages) | Preview

The Role of Media During the Vietnam War

- During the Vietnam War, Americans were greatly influenced by the extensive media coverage of the war. Before the 1960’s and the intensification of the war, public news coverage of military action was constrained heavily by the government and was directed by Government policy. The Vietnam War uniquely altered the perception of war in the eyes of American citizens by bringing the war into their homes. The Vietnam War was the first U.S uncensored war resulting in the release of graphic images and unaltered accounts of horrific events that helped to change public opinion of the war like nothing it had ever been....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

Better Essays
1918 words | (5.5 pages) | Preview

Ghost of a Confederate Prisoner of War

- Ghost of a Confederate Prisoner of War “Home. I want to go home,” the story begins of a Confederate prisoner of war. A friend’s grandmother, age 76 and a worker at the historic society, tells a story of Point Lookout. During the Civil War, the Union had a prison for captured Confederate soldiers near Point Lookout. With a warm and friendly voice that shows the sign of age, the storyteller joyfully recollects the story. She has the tale in book, but recalls it from memory. She knows the story so well that one could hardly tell it was not being read word for word....   [tags: Ghost Stories Urban Legends]

Strong Essays
1493 words | (4.3 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs, Mexico And The U.s.

- Interrelationships can be seen throughout history, these relationships have played vital roles in various historical outcomes. Inside the War on Drugs, Mexico and the U.S. have deeply intertwined histories that play a crucial part within the war. Since the middle of the 20th century, events within the drug war that occurred in the U.S. had an effect on Mexico and vice versa. These two countries have influenced each other for years and have played key roles in how the War on Drugs has become what it is today....   [tags: Mexican Drug War, Illegal drug trade, Mexico]

Better Essays
1003 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

The Beginning of World War I

- What started World War One and the events that drew the United States in to it. A young man by the name of Gavrilo Princip shot and killed the archduke heir to the Austrian throne, Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie at point blank range. Princip actions cause an outrage among the Europeans which escalated the bitter freud with the Serbian and the Austro-Hungarians. The disputes over and many other issues lead to the Austro-Hungarians and its German ally declaring war on Serbia. The Russians allied with the Serbians....   [tags: World War I, history, Franz Ferdinand,]

Good Essays
570 words | (1.6 pages) | Preview

Life in the Trenches of World War I

- From early in the war, in May of 1914, Blunden recalled his experience in the trenches of France. Structured with sandbag walls, the Old British Line in which the men were stationed was only a frail comfort, as the trenches were often only one row deep with no additional protection against debris caused by artillery shells. Communication between the between the front line and the Old British Line was provided some covered by through the Cover Trench, although Prior’s account of returning from The Island, the front line, states that he had to pause every two minutes to lay in a ditch along the road to avoid the infamous German machine guns....   [tags: Edmund Blunden's Undertones of War]

Powerful Essays
1635 words | (4.7 pages) | Preview

The Battle Of The World War II

- The Great War, now known as World War II, devastated Europe, leaving political and economic instability in Germany to aid the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist (Nazi) Party. World War II began when Hitler invaded Poland on the 17 September 1939. The war lasted from 1939 to 1945 and directly involved over 100 million people. With an estimated death toll of 75 million, World War II is the deadliest conflict in history. Although there can be no definite turning point, many historians consider the Battle of Stalingrad to be the greatest and most significant battle in the war....   [tags: World War II, Nazi Germany, Soviet Union]

Better Essays
806 words | (2.3 pages) | Preview

United States And The Cold War

- A Cold War is not a war involving physical combat, but rather a war of political aggression between various countries involving threats, military build ups, and spying. After World War two, tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union impacted other countries around the world. This conflict eventually became known as the Cold War. During this time, two conflicting political philosophies, communism and capitalism, became global and had long lasting effects on many countries, including Cuba....   [tags: Cold War, Cuba, Cuban Missile Crisis]

Strong Essays
1190 words | (3.4 pages) | Preview

The Opinions Of War By Elie Wiesel

- The Opinions of War “Meir, my little Meir. Don’t you recognize me … You’re killing your father… I have bread … for you too … for you too …”. Night is a memoir written by Elie Wiesel depicting his life in Nazi concentration camps. During his time in camp, Elie lived through a tremendous number of horrors, such as starvation, disease, hard labor and the crematorium’s ominus smoke fuelled by corpses. He also saw firsthand how people became almost less human by killing their fathers over bread crust or stealing from others to slightly boost their own chances of survival....   [tags: Nuclear weapon, World War II, Iraq]

Strong Essays
1078 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

World War II And The Holocaust

- The American response to World War II and the Holocaust is one of indifference, disbelief, and a result of social and racial tension. While the humanitarian crimes being committed in Europe were not the United Sates’ doing, as a pioneer of democracy and freedom America had a responsibility to acknowledge and react to the plans made and executed by the Nazi party. In spite of the minimal information given to the American people about what was going on, they did not feel enough sympathy to make a physical effort in regards to rescuing Jewish prisoners....   [tags: Nazi Germany, World War II, The Holocaust]

Strong Essays
1766 words | (5 pages) | Preview

Michael C. C. Adams' Book, The Best War Ever: America and World War II

- Michael C. C. Adams' Book, The Best War Ever: America and World War II Michael C. C. Adams' book, The Best War Ever: America and World War II, attempts to dispel the numerous misconceptions of the Second World War. As the title suggests, Americans came out of the war with a positive view of the preceding five turbulent years. This myth was born from several factors. Due to the overseas setting of both theaters of the war, intense government propaganda, Hollywood's glamorization, and widespread economic prosperity, Americans were largely sheltered form the brutal truth of World War II....   [tags: Adams Best War Ever World War II Essays]

Free Essays
1035 words | (3 pages) | Preview

John Henry And The Civil War

- John Henry was born a slave in the 1840s or 1850s. He was one among a legion of African Americans freed from the Civil War; John Henry went to work rebuilding the Southern states whose territory had been severely damaged by the Civil War. The war granted equal civil and political rights on African Americans, sending hundreds of men into the workforce, in bad conditions and for poor wages. John Henry was hired as a steel driver for the C&O Railroad Company. The C&O 's new line was working efficiently, until Big Bend Mountain blocked its path....   [tags: Southern United States, American Civil War, Race]

Strong Essays
1700 words | (4.9 pages) | Preview

The Politics Of Civil War

- The Politics of Civil War Images The way the Civil War is remembered in American history is influenced and shaped by the images drawn, photographed, painted etc all media in the time surrounding the war. Images were used in many ways, some as propaganda and others to sway or influence the general public. Others to commemorate or honor. Thomas Nast 's politically motivated cartoon, "Compromise with the South," represents the Civil War for it contemporary audiences as a war that must not be fought in vain, that must have meaning....   [tags: American Civil War, Confederate States of America]

Better Essays
1415 words | (4 pages) | Preview

The Allies Of World War II

- The Allies of World War II Even though diplomatic relations were strained from different political views, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and leader of the Soviet Union, Josef Stalin, were able to compromise for protection from mass destruction in a world war. During this time, the world powers had to take sides, and who they sided with would determine either the world’s destruction or reconstruction. The allies of World War 2 were not exactly allies in the beginning due to different political views....   [tags: World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt, United States]

Strong Essays
1078 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

World War II: A Just War

- “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan…It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.” (Senate Document No....   [tags: international conflicts]

Better Essays
1025 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

The Effect of War in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis

- War has always been something to be dreaded by people since nothing good comes from it. War affects people of all ages, cultures, races and religion. It brings change, destruction and death and these affect people to great extents. “Every day as a result of war and conflict thousands of civilians are killed, and more than half of these victims are children” (Graca & Salgado, 81). War is hard on each and every affected person, but the most affected are the children. Persepolis is a book that centers on the author’s family during the Iran-Iraq war that lasted for eight years....   [tags: war, change, destruction]

Strong Essays
1117 words | (3.2 pages) | Preview

Cesare Beccaria and John Howard´s View on Law and Justice in the 18th Century

- In the mid to late 18th century, prisons across Europe were a problem. Moreover, the judicial system was also corrupt. Cesare Beccaria and John Howard though from very different places shed light on the different areas of the laws and practices associated with the legal system. Beccaria focuses more on how and why people were getting to prison and their rights juxtaposed to the judges who he deemed unimpartial. He sees the corruption of criminal investigation and seeks for reform. He does not focus much on what happens once criminals are convicted....   [tags: Prisoners, Investigation, Rights]

Better Essays
1036 words | (3 pages) | Preview

The Flaws of Incarceration in America

- The United States has a larger percent of its population incarcerated than any other country. America is responsible for a quarter of the world’s inmates, and its incarceration rate is growing exponentially. The expense generated by these overcrowded prisons cost the country a substantial amount of money every year. While people are incarcerated for a number of reasons, the country’s prisons are focused on punishment rather than reform, and the result is a misguided system that fails to rehabilitate criminals or discourage crime....   [tags: inmates, prisoners, drug crimes]

Strong Essays
1359 words | (3.9 pages) | Preview

Interrogational Torture: Effective or Purely Sadistic?

- Terrorists successfully piloted two airplanes into the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 and one into the Pentagon, which resulted in the death of more than 2,700 people. These attacks were on a scale never before seen and as a result of this, national security measures needed to change. This was the dawn of the U.S “war on terror” implemented by former President George W. Bush in order to protect the nation from future terrorist attacks. The “war on terror” is unlike any other war the U.S has ever fought in the past....   [tags: terrorists, prisoners, information]

Better Essays
875 words | (2.5 pages) | Preview

Current Issues in the Correctional System

- The “Tough on Crime” and “War on Drugs” policies of the 1970s – 1980s have caused an over populated prison system where incarceration is policy and assistance for prevention was placed on the back burner. As of 2005, a little fewer than 2,000 prisoners are being released every day. These individuals have not gone through treatment or been properly assisted in reentering society. This has caused individuals to reenter the prison system after only a year of being release and this problem will not go away, but will get worst if current thinking does not change....   [tags: prison system, prisoners, inmates]

Strong Essays
1045 words | (3 pages) | Preview

The War on Terror

- The attacks of 9/11 have reshaped and changed the way how Americans live today, forever. Never before such shock and terror has been felt by anyone on the American soil. On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorist extremists hijacked four commercial planes, the planes deviated from their original routes. Two of the planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York, one of the planes crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth plane crashed en route to either the White House or the Capitol....   [tags: Terrorism]

Strong Essays
1229 words | (3.5 pages) | Preview

Canada 's Participation During The Second World War

- After forcing 60 million deaths, World War II was a disastrous event. Anyway, it transformed Canada from a small country into a well-respected and thriving nation. Canada’s participation in the Second World War had a very significant impact on it as a Country. Canada faced many hardships however, it emerged as a different and united nation. In fact, World War II had paved a new lease of activity in the Canadian setup in aspects such as social developments, economical developments, and political developments....   [tags: World War II, World War I, Great Depression]

Strong Essays
996 words | (2.8 pages) | Preview

Why Did World War II Start?

- Have you ever thought about what happened on September, 1 1939. This was the beginning of one of the major wars in American History, World War II. Why did World War II start. The reason that World War II began is because Hitler had decided to invade Poland. Hitler invaded Poland due to them receiving West Prussia, Poznan, and Upper Silesia when the Treaty of Versailles was signed after World War I ended. Two days after the invasion of Poland, on September 3 France and The Soviet Union declared war on Germany....   [tags: World War II, World War I, Soviet Union]

Strong Essays
1576 words | (4.5 pages) | Preview

These results are sorted by most relevant first (ranked search). You may also sort these by color rating or essay length.

Your search returned over 400 essays for "prisoners of war"
1  2  3  4  5    Next >>