Attacks in Brussels’s airport and metro train station during rush hour killed 34 and wounded at least 35 people; these horrific incidents occurred only months after the devastating Paris attacks that killed at least 130 people.
In this atmosphere of fear and uncertainty, many individuals have banded together in solidarity—the hashtags #PrayForTheWorld and #JeSuisBruxelles quickly emerged on Twitter, offering prayers and peaceful sentiments to all those affected by the attacks.
This is undoubtedly a matter of national security for Belgium to look into further, particularly as Belgium officials captured a suspected Paris attacker in Brussels only days before.
However, for Donald Trump, this constitutes engaging in war crimes.
Trump told the “TODAY Show,” “Belgian authorities should perform ‘the waterboarding’ and ‘more’ to disrupt future possible attacks,” according to MSNBC.
“The waterboarding would be fine. You could expand the laws more than waterboarding to get the information from these people,” he said. “If it was up to me and if we changed the laws or have the laws, waterboarding would be fine and if they want to, as long as it’s, you know we work within the laws, they don’t [work] within the laws.”
This is disgusting to hear from a presidential hopeful who is the Republican front-runner. Waterboarding is classified as torture and a war crime for a reason—torture methods are proven to both be ineffective at obtaining information and inhumane.
Trump said earlier in a GOP presidential debate that he would use waterboarding and torture methods “way worse”; it appears he’s being true to his word.
Terrorism expert Malcolm Nance, the head of the Terrorism Asymmetrics Project and a veteran of Navy intelligence, told MSNBC that Trump’s appalling statements are the best recruiting tool for ISIS.
“Good God, they're probably cutting videos of [his speech] right now," Nance said. "Donald Trump right now is validating the cartoonish view that they tell their operatives…that America is a racist nation, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and that that's why you must carry out terrorist attacks against them…It's irresponsible and it needs to stop."
Trump’s comments not only increase America’s own national security risks (ironically), but also shatter all boundaries of civilized society. Waterboarding is a heinous crime, and to normalize it as a necessary measure is outrageous.
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