Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Reconstructing Terrorists

Our success in the War on Terror has created an ethical and logistical problem. What do we do with the hundreds of terrorists who have been captured? What is the most just way to deal with pure Evil?

Warehousing them at Guantanamo Bay is, at best, a temporary solution. At worst, not only are our soldiers daily exposed to twisted, malevolent subhumans, but traitors and fools within our own society seek to use their captivity for political profit. We can't transfer custody of many of them to their countries of origin because they might be tortured (though that would be justice for many of the brave jihadi babyhunters). And some of their homelands simply allow them their freedom, so that they can go back to plotting and executing the murders of innocents. We can't (horrors) execute them, because that would be a "waste" of "human life".

So what do we do with the sort of creature who enjoys planning assaults on children?

The Dread Pundit Bluto has a solution. A solution that not only tackles the problem of captured terrorists, but applies it to the solution of another serious, but unrelated, problem, and addresses a secondary evil peripherally. Three birds with one stone.

We have a surfeit of captured terrorists. We have a shortage of healthy organs available for donation. The organ shortage has created a blackmarket in human parts. I see a connection.

I see a vast supply of healthy organs of all types, just waiting to be harvested to save the lives of innocent and deserving people. I see terrorists at last being given an opportunity to redeem a small part of their evil by giving back to the world community. I see the market for illegal organs destroyed.

What better way for a terrorist to (partially) redeem himself than by having his organs used to give worthwhile humans a chance at life?

One final note. You may think this is a tongue-in-cheek essay. If I had the power to enact organ donation as the legal form of execution for those convicted of terrorism, it would begin today.

Hat tip to one of the world's finest science fiction authors, Larry Niven, who first used the idea of organ donation as a form of capital punishment decades ago as a story element.