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British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement: The West's Secret Pact to Get Mideast Oil Paperback – January 16, 2011
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POWERFUL. EVOCATIVE. TAUT. Edwin Black s powerful new study --is solid and evocative throughout. For those interested in business history, his study of the relationship between commercial and political interests, especially the company that eventually became British Petroleum, is well worth the price of admission. There s also ample material to draw from to consider the future path of Iraq ... Black is committed, if not obsessed, with hyper-intensive research and documentation. His books are copiously footnoted and referenced. Given the seriousness and scope of the subjects, this is an absolute necessity. --Richard Pachter, Miami Herald
FASCINATING HISTORY. What a fascinating history ... Black tries to show that the reason so much attention has been paid to Iraq, especially in the modern era, is its oil. He does so fairly convincingly. --Adam Daifallah, Montreal Gazette
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During and after WWI, British Petroleum and French Total plotted to steal the German oil rights to the Middle East as war booty. Part of the plan was to encourage revolts by Arabs and Jews against Turkey who held the land. The 1919 peace treaty divided the Middle East into its present countries with Britain and France owning them as colonies. The British put several members of one Saudi family on various thrones as kings. British Petroleum knew of 3 pools of oil close together and thus drew the boundaries of Iraq. When the locals revolted, the British decided to bring in 20 million Indians to create a "democracy" with the locals becoming minorities in their own land. Winston Churchill proposed bombing with gas. The plans were not executed but the oil has flowed ever since. July 24, 1920 was the beginning of Jihad against the West and it is still going on. The borders of the Middle Eastern countries drawn on a map have resulted in constant civil war and strife for the region with the US, Britain, and France holding the military trump card.
The US was initially opposed to the British and French actions but the 5 major US oil companies thought the California and Texas oil fields would only last another 40 years so they wanted part of the action. There are many intertwining stories about how we got to the situation today.Read more ›
As a student at university I wrote a brief research paper on the Sykes Picot agreement. At the time it seemed to me to be the driving force for the way countries were created in the region, but after reading this book I realize it was more of a sideshow to the real action, which was a combination of national and business interests around organized exploiting the oil resources of the region.
One again, this is a very important book and I am thankful to the author for writing it! It will serve as a foundational work for those seeking to understand why the region is the way it is today.
G. LA TOURNERIE, WEXFORD SYSTEMS, LLC.
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If you are looking for reference or the origins of the israeli-palestinian conflict , opec birth or petro conflicts is great, but the amount of details make it a dense, brick like... Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I can get my britches in a bunch just for hearing about the Middle East machinations and maybe that is partly why I like this book. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by M. Coon
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