Hunger strike cancelled due to extreme hunger

Couldn’t let this pass without comment:

Saddam Hussein has ended his hunger strike after 11 days. For “health reasons”. In other words, he was fucking starving. That’s the trouble with deliberately denying yourself food – it does tend to be an unhealthy course of action. Just look at Teri Hatcher, pictured here at the gym.

So yeah, sorry Saddam, but I don’t think you’ve really understood the point of this have you? Here’s how it works: you starve yourself to death and we react with indifference.

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4 comments on “Hunger strike cancelled due to extreme hunger
  1. Tony Harrison says:

    This is an outrage!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I watched Ghandi the other day, it reminds me of that scene when Ghandi trys to stop violent protests and sectarian strife by fasting:

    NEHRU:
    Jinnah, Patel, all of Congress has called for the end of non-co-
    operation. There’s not been one demonstration. All over India
    people are praying that you will end the fast. They’re walking in
    the streets, offering garlands to the police – and to British
    soldiers.

    It is a victory. Gandhi’s face cracks into a tearful grin.

    GANDHI
    (croaked): Perhaps – perhaps I have overdone it.

    Do you think Saddam expected a similar thing to happen:

    Tearful street child: Papa Saddam, Father of Iraq, wont you end your fast.

    Saddam: Poor child, the battle goes on, I shall not eat until the infidel has left.

    Tearful child: But Papa Saddam, the infidel is leaving, Blair and Bush have apologised. All over Iraq people call for your return. Street parties are planned! With Cake!

    Saddam(croaked): Perhaps – perhaps I have overdone it.

    Maybe I will write the screenplay.

    GB

  3. Citizen Sane says:

    I think you should. And I think it should be a musical: ‘Oh! Saddam!”

    It’d go down a (desert) storm on Broadway.

  4. Laura says:

    Once I saw this headline I knew instinctively you’d write about this. And you did. And i chuckled.

    All is well in the world… sort of.

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