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Berga: Soldiers of Another War
Stories of Berga What Would You Do? Timeline & Maps Berga and Beyond War Crimes
Intro POWs and the Laws of War WWII and Its Legacy
POWs and the Laws of War
Intro Traditional Laws of War World War II and Berga The Legacy of WWII

The Legacy of WWII
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Captured soldiers

Captured American soldiers being marched from the Battle of the Bulge. Many of these men were taken to Berga.
In the United States, the current administration has begun to take a position. Through the issuance of an Executive Order in early 2002, the Bush Administration asserted that the Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters captured in Afghanistan and Pakistan did not qualify as belligerents under the 1949 Geneva Conventions; therefore, U.S. officials argued, these fighters are not entitled to the protections afforded prisoners of war under this basic international agreement.

The nature of international violent conflict continues to evolve, as do the values and responsibilities of the world community.
By asserting that these individuals did not qualify as prisoners of war, the Administration determined that it no longer had to comply with the protections required and the limitations imposed by the Geneva Conventions -- such as the ability to interrogate a detainee. As the nature of international violent conflict continues to evolve, the United States and the entire international community will continue to face these difficult questions.


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The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: The Laws of War

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