Barghash's Poison

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Barghash's Poison was inspired by the Shortest War ever, the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896. It lasted 38 minutes! Apparently Khalid bin Barghash of Zanzibar seized the power by poisoning the sultan. The Great-Britain wanted the leader to be more favorable to their interests. Barghash escaped to German Africa and the sultanate truly became a puppet government.
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The Sultan is dead, the crown is to be seized
Coup d'état poisoned by his nephew
The Ultimatum was given, Soothsayers were heard
Casus Belli! Be pro British or perish!
Slaves and soldiers united to protect the usurper
9:00 : the cruisers are firing, the palace is ablazed
Artillery and royal yacht destroyed!

500 dead to make a puppet state
500 dead for the glory of the Empire
Barghash's poison had immediate consequences
Barghash's poison in the sultan's veins

Cease fire at 9:40
The usurper flew away to German Africa
Political asylum before his exile
He tried to befriend the Queen but to no avail
His harem was destroyed by the artillery hail

40 minutes of war, 500 dead
500 dead to make a puppet state
Barghash's poison in the corpse of colonialism
500 dead for the glory of the Empire

End of the sultunate, end of the sovereignty
Khalid Bin Barghash ! Khalid Bin Barghash
Island in the Indian sea, the water is rising, the tide is changing
HMS Thrush and Sparrow anchored in the harbour, ready to fire

500 dead to make a puppet state
500 dead for the glory of the Empire
Barghash's poison had immediate consequences
Barghash's poison in the sultan's veins

Social progress, abolition of slavery
Effectiveness of the navy bringing honor
Culture control ! Teaching of the White ways
British poison into Barghash's veins

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from Remnants of Crumbling Empires, released July 5, 2014

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Halberd Montreal, Québec

International project with members from Canada, England and Colombia. The music is crushing & atmospheric doom/death with war history lyrics.

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