re: I think it's good to know where SOAP comes from in order to understand why it's so complicated. In the days when SOAP was born, there was no REST. ...
 

That's right , indeed the WS-Security is part of SOAP, but i have mentioned it as its Pros because of the flexibility and the fact that you can implement your custom security needs while in SSL you need to follow the protocol , but of course you need to consider the cost of the performance and bandwidth.
Good point though :) therefore i have edited the text

 

Thank you, Ali. At least they didn't make WS-Security mandatory in SOAP, so you're free to do security in the transport layer when using SOAP.

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