She Could Probably Stand to Lose a Few Pounds…

28 Dec

Hunger strikes have a way of reducing complex issues to the most simple elements

Apparently she’s “Idle Again”…

Cole Burston/The Canadian Press                                 Cole Burston/The Canadian Press

Now, of course, Chief Spence has parked herself on an island in the Ottawa River, is on Day 17 of a hunger strike, and all around her, the inevitable cycle of hideous puffery and horse manure that usually accompanies native protests swirls.

Already, there is much talk of smudging ceremonies, tobacco offerings, the inherent aboriginal love for and superior understanding of the land, and treaties that were expected to be in place “as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the river flows.”

There is no end to the stupidity bred by hunger strikes when even friends and family argue that death becomes the person starving.

National Post

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