Dear Mr. Desperate,
As far as I am concerned there are very little to no similarities between the current conflict and how it relates to Andersonville.
Andersonville was a Confederate run POW camp in Georgia during the Civil War (but you know that part already) . Union Soldiers were held prisoner there under inhumane conditions with little or no medical care, little or no food, under the dirtiest of conditions. 30 or 40% (I forget exactly) of the prisoners died in the camp. The place was a house of horrors, the exact opposite of Southern Hospitality.
The Union were appalled by the stories that came out of Andersonville after the war, however in a general sense it was not held against them that badly mostly because the South was in shambles at the time as they were broke, cut off and losing the war by late 1863 and in 1864. They had a tough enough time feeding their own soldiers and citizens. The Yankee Prisoners were not a priority.
Fast forward 140 years later. Lets look at it from a couple of angles.
First the terrorists: They willfully torture and execute anyone they can get their hands on. They are bound by no moral code (or even religious code, although they would disagree). They are hating and killing machines that have no value for human life. War conventions do not apply to them as they are not a Nation and have not signed any International Treaties banning mistreatment of prisoners.
Next, the Americans: Obviously some mistreatment of prisoners has occurred here but compared to Andersonville, the prisoners are leading a country club existence. They have plenty to eat, excellent medical care, shelter and international monitors to check in to make sure they are in one piece.
Even in Guantanamo, where the hardcore Al Queda and Taliban screwballs are being held, the International Red Cross can check in on them and make sure they are being treated well.
So let's compare the Confederate's who ran Andersonville to the Americans running Guantanamo as bringing the terrorists into the comparison doesn't seem to apply.
1.The U.S. government is held to a high international standard for humanely treating prisoners while the South was not.
2. The U.S. has the resources to care for the prisoners while the South did not.
3. 2 Armies were fighting each other in the Civil War while in this case the Coalition of Allied armies is fighting smaller groups of terrorists not part of a formal army.
In closing I will again state that I see no connection but I have a feeling your teacher does. This kind of makes me feel uneasy about the folks educating our young people today. LOL.
Seriously though, If you follow my logic here he may not agree with you, but you will have enough of an argument where he can't say you are wrong.
Edit-To RBLWRITER-As far as Civil War history is concerned, I will defer to your knowledge. After reading your answer and seeing your name, I looked at other questions you have asked and answered and this appears to be a main area of interest for you. Even if it is slightly tilted to a Confederate point of view, I have no doubt that as far as the facts go, you seem like the real deal. I do feel a need to answer your comments in regard to my answer. You state in the beginning that you are in disagreement with my answer, but then seem to rebut assertions that I haven't even made. While I did not realize the extent of the mortality rate at Union camps nor did I have knowledge of the "Avenge Andersonville" aspect of that rate, I don't feel I misrepresented Andersonville.
In addition, the crux of my answer was a comparison of Andersonville and how it relates to the current conflict in Iraq. I was simply using certain facts about Andersonville to paint a picture for the purposes of stating how I believe it is in no way relevant to iraq. If in the process, I seemed unsympatheitc to what Confederate POW's experienced or that I ignored Union attrocities, it certainly was not my intention. That information (even if I was ignorant to it) I feel is simply was not relevant to the question.
Either way RBLWRITER, this beats answering questions about the current state of politics, singles & dating, Immigraton or religion. Let's do it again sometime. Regards.