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".