In the documentary “Blood and Oil,” created by Marty Callaghan, viewers are taken on a journey through the intricate timeline of events that have shaped the modern-day conflict in the Middle East.

The film delves into the historical roots of Western engagement in the region, shedding light on the motivations behind the birth of Middle Eastern nations and the insatiable greed for oil. It explores how the involvement of the Ottoman Empire, now known as the Middle East, in World War I—a European affair—further complicated the geopolitical landscape.

One pivotal moment highlighted in the documentary is the British invasion during World War I, aimed at securing the city of Istanbul. However, what was intended to be a swift victory turned into an eight-month-long series of battles, marked by heavy casualties. The infamous landing at Anzac Cove in 1915 saw British forces facing staunch resistance from defending Turkish troops, resulting in devastating losses and a protracted conflict.

The film underscores the entangled destinies of the Middle East and the Western world, a relationship fraught with foreign occupation and misery. It raises questions about the true motives behind Western interventions, particularly in the guise of “peacekeeping operations” and the “War on Terror,” which some view as thinly veiled attempts to safeguard oil interests.

Moreover, “Blood and Oil” examines the aftermath of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles, which left the Middle East in a state of discontent and turmoil. As historian David Fromkin aptly describes it, the treaty imposed upon the Muslim world was meant to bring “peace to end all peace,” yet it only exacerbated existing tensions and sowed the seeds of future conflicts.

Through gripping storytelling and insightful analysis, “Blood and Oil” offers a comprehensive understanding of the complex dynamics that continue to shape the Middle East today.

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