If they are crybabies then they aren't something to be emulated but people create and embellish stories about the deaths of others, especially in those circumstances, making heroes and martyrs out of them by their communities.
Does torture extract information? Not anything reliable, apparently.
Is torturing others misplaced anger? Yes.
I would rather go for the jugular, that is, destroy their ideology completely. It's way more difficult than cutting off fingers, waterboarding and keeping naked people in stress positions.