Hunger strikes were designed as a way of attracting support for a cause as they work on the assumption most people don’t want the hunger striker to die from starvation. Not that all hunger strikers die from starvation – I recall teh Indian hunger strikers who survived for over 180 days. Of course they were hunger striking by roster 12 hours on and 12 hours off!
But is anything funnier than Saddam Hussein on a hunger strike to protest that his trial Judge isn’t nice enough to him. I mean come on this could be the most supported hunger strike in history. Would do the world a great service if he did starve himself to death.