The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.
- Lavater, Swiss Theologian and Mystic (1741-1801)
Sometimes, the perfect solution comes in the form of a viral email by unknown author.
Here’s a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports: All we need to do is develop a booth that you can step into that will NOT X-ray you, but WILL detonate any explosive device you may have hidden on or in your body. The explosion will be contained within the sealed booth. This would be a win-win for everyone. There would be no government employees looking at naked images of your spouses and your children, no need for racial profiling and the device would eliminate long and expensive trials for the would-be terrorists.
I can see it now: you’re in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number 42."
Sure the idea is worth a good laugh, but if there was actually a feasible technology that could set off any form of explosive while still remaining safe for all the innocent passengers passing through, I would support that solution whole-heartedly!
And each time the machine does its job, is there anything that can match the feel good story of a jihad bomber who blows up no one other than his own stupid ass?