Thursday, March 31, 2011

Let Them Eat Dates!

Whether we've heard it on TV, in movies, read it in articles or books, we have come across the famous quote "Let Them Eat Cake" by Marie Antoinette. The origins of this phrase are unknown, however it was widely attributed to the Princess consort of Louis XVI (1755-93) when she supposedly said it to the French populace when she was alerted that the people were suffering to widespread bread shortages. The traditional translation of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" refers to the princess's obliviousness to the nature of famine when mentioning brioche, a luxury bread enriched with eggs, butter, flour and sugar. Unlike the little princess, when Bahrain saw massive demonstrations and a sea of protestors in front of his palace, his Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, bestowed them with dates and water. This act of generosity on his behalf was to lighten up on the protestors and serve them with one of the Prophets' peace be upon him favorite food.
Now that a month has passed on these perfidious events, it's rather crucial that the King no longer serves them dates, these protestors have betrayed their oath, their King and their country. The time for the National Dialogue is now over. When it was possible, they thought they had the upper hand but due to greed and a slight thought of milking more of the cow, they rejected it wholeheartedly, leaving the country in angst and uncertainty. Nonetheless, the time has come for Bahrain to take a stronger position to these traitors and as part of the people, I modestly demand harsher punishments and no more dates. 
Brave Bahrain

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