Blood and Oil

2010 ,    »  -   22 Comments
Ratings: 8.63/10 from 300 users.

How did the Western world become so engaged in the Middle East? Why did the Ottoman Empire - now known as the Middle East become involved with World War I which was a European affair?

Anyone interested in learning and understanding the timeline of events that has lead us to the modern day conflict in the Middle East, should watch this film created by Marty Callaghan. '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; the treaty forced upon the Muslim world was indeed -"The peace to end all peace".

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22 Comments / User Reviews

    Eric Lawson
  1. Eric Lawson

    Excellent Documentary!!! The history is well laid out and both presented and explained!! I enjoyed this immensely and have come away with a much clearer understanding of the problems facing the middle east to this day !!! Peace!!!

  2. sheigray
  3. sheigray

    I enjoy watching documentaries on this site. I find some documentaries more interesting than others. It would be helpful if the producer (source) of the documentary was listed along with the name and date of the film.

  4. awful_truth
  5. awful_truth

    An excellent historical reference providing insight as to why the last 100 years has only seen one world war (not two) which continues to this day! Of course, historians do not record it this way since most political/cultural ideologies find it unpalatable to acknowledge their previous behaviour, and decisions.

  6. a_no_n
  7. a_no_n

    yeah...pretty much all the problems in the middle east are at some point or another the fault of a british person...damned empire. more trouble than it was worth!

  8. dannyboy
  9. dannyboy

    Excellent excellent work... This documentary is long overdue. A must watch for understanding modern geopolitics.


    finally peoples would have some idea ,how evil the British and French Empire was they created the conflict for Palestine and promise the Jews and give them what wasn't theirs to give ,and they still pay the prize for that

  12. awful_truth
  13. awful_truth

    Yes, but they have a lot of company. Sadly, look around the world at any given time in history, and it all boils down to one group of people subjugating another for power, and greed.
    Question: Since greed is not an act of survival, (actions to survive are understandable) could it's purpose simply be twofold in:
    1) teaching morality via empathy?
    2) Population control of the petty human species?

  14. hernandayoleary
  15. hernandayoleary

    one world war? Probably closer to 4.
    Cold War
    World wide war on "terror"

    In reality you are looking at 4 world wars at a minimum. More people were killed in the cold war in africa, asia and latin america than the previous two world wars combined. More soldiers deployed and more deaths.

  16. awful_truth
  17. awful_truth

    Thank you for confirming my point of sarcasm. 1 world war that has been on going for a long time. (really sad, isn't it?) Take care, and best wishes!

  18. winston
  19. winston

    Too bad it leaves out the 911-anthrax false flag attacks that served as pretext for the invasions of Afghanistan & Iraq. Two invasions planned well ahead of the attacks on the US (engineered by insiders, as a large amount of concordant facts clearly indicate) that served as pretext not just for preemptive warfare at the will of the President but of the executions of Americans, and their children and family members, (the Al awaki case) without any due process, transparency of the evidence used to justify the setting of such a dangerous precedent.

  20. bluetortilla
  21. bluetortilla

    Yes, this would have been great as a three part series. Perhaps the title is misleading or funds ran out in making it. I learned a lot about the early 20th Century Arab/Muslim world though. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  22. E Cicchini
  23. E Cicchini

    Very informative, simple and concise presentation. Needs be aired and shown to wide audiences. This type of information goes a long way in explaining/ refreshing the memory of the masses, as to what had taken place and to the consequences of those decisions and actions, that are to this day, creating the chaos we all witness and endure.
    Human nature of greed, power, deceit and control is as old as history and continues to repeat itself.
    Let us all acknowledge that we are now in a nuclear age and that someones patience will eventually run out.

  24. krbtk
  25. krbtk

    I hop 4 a part 2, like it very much, appreciated.

  26. Margie
  27. Margie

    Excellent. I never thought I would understand the conflict in the East but this documentary was done well enough for anyone to grasp. I took lots of notes and, of course, I had to pause the documentary many times to refer to my world atlas. A great history lesson that leads to a better understanding of current events.

  28. nour
  29. nour

    this is highly inaccurate

  30. LE Alba
  31. LE Alba

    This is a great primer on the Middle East and its origins. It's not slick or flashy by current documentary standards but if you want to learn about this turbulent area in world politics and how & why it emerged on the world stage, this is it. You'll learn such things as...why a tribal, desert people might just have a legitimate grudge against the West for arbitrarily carving up the Arabian Peninsula over glasses of British Port; etc.

  32. cdnski12
  33. cdnski12

    The Zionist Jews wheedled a homeland out of Arab Lands. The world has paid a big price ever since. Henry Ford said, "At the center of every International Conflict is the Eternal Jew". He knew what he was talking about. There will be no peace until the Jew is defeated.

  34. temp nazi
  35. temp nazi

    no way temperatures reached more than 150 degrees... thats like 65 celsius... pretty sure the hottest recorded is like 51 :p

  36. DustUp
  37. DustUp

    The greed for power and control. The empire. After the Brits let war and a measure of welfare/socialism make them insolvent ...Under any convenient guise of "help" has the usa govt followed this horrible example and continued to install those favorable to its oil and oil traded only in us currency interests; in order for the banksters to capture the currency exchange fees thereby underpinning their otherwise fiat currency. The real reason for the invasion of Iraq and Libya and the removal of their dictators who were setting up to trade their oil in other currencies.

    Since the banksters own the oil companies what better way to drive prices higher than war? And due to those higher prices came a new technology called Fracking. The usa no longer obtains much oil from the middle east. Most is from Mexico, Canada, and our own.

    It seems enough people are waking up to the fact that such fossil fuels are better left in the ground. Less war, less pollution, less power and control by those who should be put in jail.

    For those who are thoughtless enough to ask, "What is the viable alternative to oil?" rather than simply using their computer to investigate, you could start with ethanol. Anyone can make it. Refer to alcohol can be a gas dot c om for a primer of its history and dispelling of the myths and misinformation regarding it.

    Waiting for someone else to provide for your freedom, financial, and energy security is like expecting a politician or lawyer to be honest. You were sold out to the oil companies long ago. Isn't about time you dumped them for something better?

  38. mixture
  39. mixture

    yeah sure, the battle of gallipolli was won thanks to german model of army(!). It was the bravery of the turkish troops and the leadership of Mustafa Kemal, dont twist the history.

  40. Rahul
  41. Rahul

    Very informative and excellent documentory

  42. Carl Hanny
  43. Carl Hanny

    Hi L thought it was a very good video. We have to get off this oil ASAP. What are we doing to
    your only planet, GET THESE money hungry bastards in this oil. I NOW what to do..
    SEND THEM ALL TO A ONE WAY TRIP TO MARS. I'am just as bad!!!!!!..


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