Oops, I blew it! Last week I prophesied that Cindy Sheehan would last longer on her hunger strike than Saddam Hussein, who managed to make it through only a single missed meal on his strike (he skipped lunch). Surely Cindy would do better than that, I prophesied.
I was wrong, folks, and I’m glad I didn’t put any money on my prognostications.
Here is what Cindy said she would do, starting July 4:
“Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, says she would drink only water throughout the summer, which she said she would spend outside President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.”
“I find traveling out of the country very challenging being on a fast. When I was on a layover in Madrid on my way to Venice, Italy yesterday, the closest thing I could find to a smoothie to get a little protein was a coffee with vanilla ice cream in it. Traveling for 22 hours is very taxing under normal circumstances–but then again, when have we had normal circumstances since the 2000 and 2004 successful coup attempts that have brought BushCo into power?
“I traveled from Venice to the frontier of Italy to the province of Udine which is right at the foot of the pre-Alps. I am here for a huge youth festival which includes many elements of social justice and peace work. It is beautiful and the air feels different from other places that I have travelled. It is strangely soft and gentle as is the natural light. However, there is not a Jamba Juice on every corner, so blended juice drinks with protein powder are impossible to find.”
Yes, ice cream and smoothies–some hunger strike. Michelle wonders how much weight Cindy will gain on her “fast.”
And I’d like to know this: Why isn’t Cindy camped out in the blazing heat at Crawford, the way she said she’d be? What’s she doing swanning around in Madrid, Venice, and the Alpine foothills?