After proclaiming a hunger strike in honor of his slain defense attorney and in protest of a lack of sufficient security for the defense team, Saddam Hussein ended his fast — fast:
Saddam Hussein ended a brief hunger strike after missing just one meal in his U.S.-run prison, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday.
The former Iraqi leader had refused lunch on Thursday in protest at the killing of one of his lawyers by gunmen, but the spokesman said he ate his evening meal.
Former Saddam aides being held in the same prison had refused to eat three meals since Wednesday evening but ended their fast with the ex-president.
Saddam honored Khamis al-Obeidi by skipping lunch. The international news media breathlessly reported this hunger strike in the wake of Obeidi’s assassination, but one suspects that this will drop to the bottom page of their next editions. Even Saddam’s co-defendants gave a better effort, missing three meals before digging into dinner with hungry-man stomachs.
When we pulled the dictator out of spider hole pleading for his life, we knew that like most dictators, he had no honor or courage. Now we know he has no stomach, either. Saddam has repeatedly shown himself to be nothing more than a crawling worm, a man full of bluster but utterly unconcerned about anything outside of his own comfort. He fooled everyone into thinking of him as the next Salah al-Din and following him to their destruction, and in the end he deceived even his own two monsters of sons, who died for that fantasy. Perhaps that amounts to a small bit of poetic justice. (via It Shines For All)