Torture is a Form of Terrorism

An article today in Der Spiegel describes a study on the use of torture over the last couple of thousand years:

A new book, [“Extreme Violence in the Visuals and Texts of Antiquity”] by Martin Zimmerman, a professor of ancient history in Munich, looks at current research into the kinds of violence that inspired “loathing, dread, horror and disgust.”

In the ancient Far East, where there were large states peopled by many different ethnicities, leaders demonstrated their might by inventing ingenious new tortures and agonizing methods of execution — as a way to keep the population obedient…The issue of state-sanctioned torture to achieve political goals is still a current one.

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