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The Middle East in World War I
This feature-length documentary exposes
the Western greed and political intrigue
which laid the foundation for wars, coups, revolts, oppressive dictators
and military interventions in today's Middle East.
Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, modern Turkey and other hot spots
are born as the British and French divide the "fruits of victory" in World War I.
Written and produced by Marty Callaghan,
this film follows conflict from the Ottoman Empire's entry
into the Great War in October 1914
to the Allied victory and declaration of the new Turkish Republic in 1923,
and the hostilities that have plagued
the region since.
'Blood and Oil' is a detailed account about the motivation behind the birth of the Middle Eastern nations and the insatiable greed for oil.
The invasion by the British during WWI with the intent to quickly secure the city of Istanbul, ended up being an eight month-long series of battles, heavy with loss of life.
Landing on the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula at Anzac Cove 1915, the British forces were held back from taking the high ground by the defending Turkish troops, and therefore leaving their forces exposed and trapped on the beaches. During the initial landing, the British ship SS River Clyde became beached and under heavy Turkish fire from the shore.
Many soldiers who emerged from the ship are shot and killed instantly, without ever making it to the beach. The sea was red with the blood of the slain, fifty yards deep from the shore.
Thus begins the entangled destinies of the Middle East and the Western world that will span decades. The tale of foreign occupation and misery with grisly chapters still being added - to this very day.
Watch this film to learn the controversial truth behind the Middle Eastern occupation by U.S. forces.
'Peacekeeping operations' and the 'War on Terror' are perhaps thinly veiled cover-ups for the Western fear with having oil supplies cut off. The Western economy would suffer greatly without such a steady oil supply, resulting in gas and fuel rationing.
The defeat of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 and events at the end of World War I, has led the Middle East into a dangerously discontent and torn land.
As the author David Fromkin argues: