I wrote a blog 2 years ago heavily criticizing the government spending a million dollars on a new soccer field for the detainees at Gitmo.
I have given it some thought and have decided that maybe a recreational outlet for these terrorists and their helpers might not be such a bad idea after all.
In fact, I would like to suggest two recreational activities to be offered to Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees (with slight modifications out of respect for their cultural sensitivities).
The first would be relatively simple and construction costs would be negligible.
Yes, Bungee Jumping. Islam is a heavily male dominate culture so what better way to get a little recreation and prove their masculinity at the sam time? All they need is a 300 foot tower and a couple of bungee cords.
The only change to the way it is normally done that I would make would be the fastening of the cords before jumping. Knowing their natural distrust of Americans and Western culture, instead of securing one end of the cords to their feet and the other end of the cords to the tower, I would have them hold both ends of the cords --so they would feel in control when they jump.
My second suggestion would be a little more expensive because it would require some travel, but I think the expense would be justified.
Yes, Sky Diving! What a great chance to have a little getaway and to demonstrate their courage and faith in Allah?
I would allow them 2 jumps each. The first, to get the feel for the sport, would be made from a relative low altitude, say 1,000 feet and made directly over Kilauea in Hawaii (so they could enjoy the best possible view of the volcanoe on the way down).
On the second jump (assuming there is a second jump) they would be allowed to demonstrate their new skill, courage and faith in Allah by making it from a slightly higher altitude, say 20,000 feet, and over the ocean, about 20 miles out, and without the parachute (what better way to demonstrat their faith?).
I really think these activities would help make them less dangerous to us in the future and, while recreational activities are offered but not required, I think we should consider requiring participation in at least one of these activities.
I like birthdays, even though it has been shown that too many will lead to death.
Live Long and Prosper….