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Blood and Oil - The Middle East in World War I (DVD)
By: Marty Callaghan
Except for the
Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaigns, the extensive combat operations
in the Middle East during World War I have been largely
overlooked in documentary programs. Given the historical
significance of the Ottoman Empire’s demise in 1918, and the
ongoing importance of Middle Eastern oil reserves to Western
economies, a close study of this conflict provides two important
1. The Treaty of Versailles, agreed to by the Western Powers in
1919, paved the way for military and political chaos in the
Middle East, which continues to this very day.
2. Oil reserves in the Middle East became an important strategic
concern for Western Powers, helping to justify their economic,
diplomatic and military interference in the region.
After the end of World War I, most of the Ottoman Empire was
carved up into “spheres of influence”, controlled mostly by the
British and French. The remaining territories became the modern
state of Turkey in 1923 – after a five-year struggle by Turkish
nationalists against Western domination.
With little regard for cultural, historical, religious and
demographic considerations, the West sponsored the creation of
several new nations: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and
Saudi Arabia. Thus, a “tinderbox” was built from Western greed,
igniting a multitude of wars, revolts, coups and military
occupations that truly have made the defeat of the Ottoman
Empire little more than a hollow victory.
This is an excellent and compelling documentary of events leading to the
middle east crisis that we have been feeling for the last almost 100 years. The
video footage is well done and the narration is clear, not cluttered, and
informative. The entire DVD is very objectively done and I found I could not
stop it once I started. And I am not a war buff or one who likes war
documentaries. Everyone should see this DVD to understand why we're in Iraq now
and how the way the US has gone in there (and Afghanistan as well) is unlikely
to help and will probably exacerbate an already bad situation.
فیلم نقش دولتهای غربی در کشور ترکیه و کشورهای عربی خاورمیانه را از
سالهای 1918 به بعد خصوصا بعد از فروپاشی امپراطوری عثمانیه و روی کار آمدن
کشورهای سوریه و لبنان و اسراییل را نقد و بررسی میکند. فیلمی بسیار
آموزنده که جریانات امروز در منطقه را ردیابی میکند
$19.95 , On Sale for $9.95
minutes Type: Political Documentary Language: In English
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