A lesson in torture


The Washington Post has outed Jihadi John as former Briton Mohammed Emwazi. Way down in the depressing story, former hostages reveal that Emwazi “participated in the waterboarding of four Western hostages.”

Gee, I wonder where ISIS got that idea?

Even if the ethics of torture don’t trouble you, which they should, the unfathomable stupidity of stooping to war crimes is the near certainty those you subject them to will apply them to your own nationals when they inevitably fall into the adversary’s hands.

Because chickens roost.