Creative therapy that works!

While I earlier ridiculed art therapy for terrorists, it was mainly because I don't think it worked out as it might have been intended.

But OTOH, I don't believe in stifling people's creativity. And after being inspired by a comment to an earlier post, I came up with a new idea which would allow the terrorists to realize their potential in a way which, far from stifling their creativity, would actually encourage it. What I proposed was that we let terrorists do what they wanted to do in the first place:

when they're caught, simply let them do what they intended to do, but under properly controlled conditions. Fill a junk plane with terrorists, then have a suicide bomber blow it up (all at a military base, of course.) The results could be studied....
That way, not only would the punishment fit the crime, but the dead terrorists would all be contributing to forensic study. Plus, it would be less expensive than feeding and housing them at Gitmo, and the bleeding hearts at the ACLU could hardly object, for these people would be realizing their creative potential and doing what they wanted to do, which is blowing up planeloads of people while dying as "martyrs." And of course, according to their nutty belief system, their souls would be going directly to the bigot god they so love, who would reward them with virgins. So it would be a win-win-win.

As an added bonus, it makes good economic sense, because if we apply Pareto Improvement, not one person would made worse, and everyone would be at least as well off as before, if not better.

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea.

posted by Eric on 12.30.09 at 11:42 AM


Not a bad idea, but probably too costly in terms of clean up. However, art therapy has the added advantage of making money-sell the art. I would pay good money, say $10.00, for a landscape of the Ross Ice shelf [painted by all the Gitmo detainees]. Put them all on the ice for one year with all the watercolors and canvas they need, then return to collect the artwork.

gbbeard   ·  December 31, 2009 8:32 AM

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