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Drill Habibi Drill! – The Birth of BP – By Sandra Gluschankoff


THE OILY MESS BETWEEN THE ARABS & THE BRITS


By Guest Blogger: SANDRA GLUSCHANKOFF — Argentinian (read bio)

Once upon a time in a faraway land there lived a King…

I love stories where there is a King and a Queen and heroes.

Historical fiction is my favorite novel genre because it is full of mysteries, love triangles, secret alliances, and dirty betrayals. The best part of these novels is that even though the main characters are mostly fictional, the facts are based on true events.

The true story I am about to share with you involves kings and queens and very powerful people. They all began playing nicely in a puddle of oil until they took the game to a ruthless cut-throat competition to own the puddle. In the game they became entangled in secret treaties and treacherous betrayals, and as the stakes got higher, so did the collateral damage.

This story of “oil fever” accompanied by greed involves the two most powerful empires in the history of the world: the Persian Empire, the most powerful in ancient history, and the British Empire, which is considered the largest empire in history, with the most global power.

I wish this story would have some fiction to it, but unfortunately it doesn’t and it turns my favorite genre from historical fiction to historical horror.

The battle for oil started sometime in the beginning of the 20th Century when the British Empire, in its best form of ‘imperialism’ in the Middle East, secured the Iranian oil which was much needed to transition off from coal. With that they joined the naval arms battle, which detonated into World War I, making this the first oil war in the world.

With the blessing and financial protection of the British government, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company was formed. The British established a strong presence in the Middle East, masqueraded under an Arab facade, and forced the then Turkish Muslim region of Mesopotamia(now known as Iraq) to transfer their oil to them, expanding their dominance in the region.

Why do you need to know all these facts you may wonder? Well, the story goes as follows: When WWI erupted in 1914, the British took control of a small German oil subsidiary company called British Petroleum, and combined it with its Turkish Persian oil operation and there we have it – the official birth of BP.

At the same time, in order to keep control of the Middle East region, the British were desperately striking treaties and deals with everybody and their grandmothers. Yes, here’s where the betrayal in my historical horror develops.

Due to the siding of the Turks with Germany during WWI, the British exchanged letters with Arab leaders during the year of 1915, in what is notoriously known as the Hussein-McMahon correspondence. In this agreement, the British promised the Arabs the control of the Ottoman Empire lands (Turkey) in exchange for their cooperation in defeating the Turks.

A short time later in 1916, the British struck a secret deal with the French in what was the Sykes-Pikot Agreement, where the same lands promised to the Arabs less than a year before were now virtually divided between the French, the British, and a new player: the Russians.

Fast forward to the next year, 1917. The British signed the Balfour Declaration, where they approved the establishment of a Jewish nation in the same lands that were already promised to the Arabs, the French, and the Russians. Did you know that Arabs and Jews lived in harmony before the British clawed their paws in the regions? What happened?

Israel was situated in the heart of all the Arab countries. It was the only one in the region with an outlet to the ocean, making that tiny piece of land the most desirable strategic point in the Middle East. No wonder they called it (and still do) “The Promised Land”. Controlling the oil and access to the shipping lane in the Middle East was a definite win-win situation for the British as long as they were willing to share with their playground buddies, the Arabs.

Messy, right? But it was not over. Oil was still the main concern for the British government. They could see the circle closing in on them, when the Jews started immigrating to what was then Palestine and they were not as easy to handle as the British thought they would be. As usual, they had an Arab contestant who was willing to play puppet for them in exchange of a piece of the pie. His name was Faisal bin Al-Hussein. He was the first Arab to strike a deal with the Jews, recognizing the need of a Jewish establishment in Palestine.

As a result, the Faisal-Weizmann Treaty was created, in which he literally defined the Palestinians as savages who did not belong to the Arab world.

Faisal was promised, like all the other players on this chess board, the moon and the stars by the British. In 1919 he was named King of Syria. His kingdom was short lived when the French, sore from the British betrayal in the Sykes-Pikot Agreement, kicked Faisal’s ass out of the region in 1920 during the Franco Syrian War.

Faisal went to the U.K., crown in hand demanding, a throne to sit on or else. The British with the wave of a magic wand and oil power in their blood gave birth to the Kingdom of Iraq with Faisal as king.

Kings have come and gone, more wars have erupted throughout this past century, and the 50/50 share of the British- Persian oil partnership switched to a 90/10 after the Ayatollah took power of the Persian region.

It is clear, one thing has not changed: British Petroleum is still an Arab-British company. The English have committed many mistakes throughout history and one of them is playing with the kids in the sand box that don’t know how to share and have no scruples. Those are the Arab leaders who have no regard for their own people, with even less for the rest of the world.

Here’s some proof: the recent explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which has resulted in 11 American deaths and the endangerment of our environment. Thousands of American soldiers dying in Afghanistan and Iraq (the English creation), trying to protect a freedom they don’t cherish, and ultimately the 9/11 massacre. These are some of the saddest and truest pictures of the how the British have empowered the Arabs with no way of controlling them.

Unfortunately, they have affected our lives in America and threatened our freedom. Still the U.K does not sever its ties with Iran. No wonder Ahmadinejad walks about with a grin on his face and not much worry. I would too if I would be having tea with British royalty.

We thought that our submissiveness to the British rule was over in 1786; we threw the famous tea leaves into the ocean, celebrating the Boston Tea Party.

We were wrong. As long as our government allows the Arabs to dig our coasts under the pretense of a British company, we are allowing the people who shed American blood to infiltrate our country, gain profit while damaging our environment, and laugh their asses off at how stupid we are.

Stupid, that’s exactly what I mean! Ladies and gentleman, indirectly the Arabs are digging our coasts because of the unfinished business and unpaid debts the British have with them since the beginning of the 20th century. By indirectly doing business with Iran we are financing every terrorist attack around the world.

When we thought we were free of British rule in 1786 we tainted our oceans with tea. Today, our ocean is tainted with oil as a sad reminder that our freedom is only an illusion as long as our addiction to oil will not cease.

I will put a twist to the story I just told you and will add some crazy fiction to it. What if the explosion that occurred in the BP plant was an Iranian terrorist attack? Let’s not forget that Iran is one of the biggest enemies the U.S has in the world today.

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151 Responses to “Drill Habibi Drill! – The Birth of BP – By Sandra Gluschankoff”

  1. Skoogs says:

    BP has been beat too much. They are simply practicing what all you Americans boast about so much, what defines you as a country, free enterprise. If America had the chance instead of the British they would be cozying up to any and everyone to get that oil. In fact that’s what they seem to be doing right now anyway. Greed is what you subscribe too. Michael Douglas was praised when he promoted that in the Wall Street movie so why the long face now America? It doesn’t feel so good when you are the victim of greed does it.

  2. Sharyl Warhurst says:

    Sick and tired of high oil prices and illegal immigration and the threat to build a mosque in NYC burn your Koran and demonstrate to get these terroriss out of here.

  3. mosquito mas says:

    blah blah blah blah

  4. Manspeaker2293 says:

    thanks for the history lesson. the battle 4 man against man began since the beginning of time there’s always a fight for survival. this time its oil but after oil it will be something else 4 sure.

  5. Jaimee says:

    this post shoulda been longer. i was just getting into it.

  6. Monterey Hendrix says:

    This may not be absolutely the perfect place to comment on this, but might I remind folk present that lightweight Englishman Piers Morgan is to replace heavyweight American Larry King on his (ahem) very (ahem) long-running chat show. Excuse me? How does anyone think that’s going to work? It’s an insult to intellectual America, in my opinion.

  7. shady789 says:

    Who was the most important person you spent time with today?

  8. sdjkfhu says:

    Nice post! I want to subscribe this blog, but I don’t know how to do, can anybody give me a hand?

  9. Dolores Hernandez says:

    this is an amazing blog ladies, keep up the good work. love the caricatures and the fiery content.

  10. E.F. says:

    The Arabs and the Jews lived in harmony before the British clawed their paws into the regions? What planet are you from! The Arabs and Jews have never lived in harmony and according to biblical accountings when that happens taht will be the beginning of Armaggedon with the political sh*thead that brings peace to that area.

  11. Desert King says:

    I actually loved this post. You describe this subject very well. I really like your blog and the other ladies are tremendous! :)

  12. Rosario Lesnick says:

    SandraG your posts are very inciteful and well written, always entertaining. I like yours best.

  13. Cameron Ceraos says:

    I can’t belief how more Americans are not outraged by this information.

  14. egghead says:

    Thank God for this info. I’ll be tweeting this out.

  15. Serina Dalton says:

    Wow! I like the post.

  16. Miss Loree says:

    I have never heard of this before so I was sceptical reading it but why would you make i t up? I believe it now. we should get all the muslims out.

  17. Raphael B. says:

    very intresting write up now sandra

  18. Tosti577 says:

    The news media is at it again. Tiger Woods is getting divorced and now that is all they can focus on. I wish they’d concentrate on his career.

  19. Pauletta says:

    Thanks for a great article Sandra. You rock everytime!!

  20. Shanghai M. says:

    What a story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the research and practical information!

  21. Jannet Munroe says:

    Hey we all need good entertainment – you are definatly the best blogs out there.

  22. Del Hidden says:

    I figured the oil spill wasn’t that big. Did I misunderstand?

  23. Loaded fun says:

    greed is evil the root of all evil is greed

  24. Susan Buffet says:

    Tiger Woods and Elin are now divorced finally. Oh well, I guess that’s better than being unhappy every day. I hope he’ll be able to concentrate on golf again following all this.

  25. Rotweiler says:

    yadee yada yada

  26. Swanay94 says:

    I hope you would not have reservations if I put up a part of this site on my univeristy blog?

  27. jackie says:

    Thank you and thanks for giving us such a useful info! Definitely as a article writer your certainly not writing fillers and fluff but also very creative too. There usually aint a group of writers who can come up with stuff like you guys My bff Veron referred me about this url several weeks ago however currently this is the first time I’m visting. Woots!

  28. Rafaniello says:

    all I can Say is OUCH!

  29. dontknowzilch says:

    I don’t care how much cleanup they do out there but I will not eat any seafood from the gulf.

  30. Antoinette says:

    Also writing is a talent that you surely have. All your hard work is clearly obvious in how you express yourself.

    • Sandra G. says:

      Dear Antoinette:
      Thank you so much for taking the time to express your opinion and thank you for your kind words.

  31. Antoinette says:

    I have been a reader for a long time, but am a first time commenter. I just wanted to say that this has been / is my favorite post of yours! Keep up the good work and I’ll keep on coming back.

  32. Marcellus Jones says:

    Obama gets a+ in my book. Lay off the dude.

  33. Halfacre63 says:

    Can’t understand why so many media types are making such a fuss over Simon’s leaving. I happen to prefer Paula, but both are have jumped ship we will see if the show is still popular with a new cast.

  34. KORNFAN says:

    did you vote for obama? be honest

    • Sandra G. says:

      Kornfan:
      What does my vote have anything to do with this article? There is no Obama bashing on my behalf whatsoever at any point in this particular piece. The issue with B.P goes way beyond the Obama times. He was not the one who signed the long term lease with B.P, nor the one who overlooked the safety flaws they had at the time of contract. However, he is the one in charge today and the one who is responsible to make sure that something like this never happens again. It is part of the job description as President of the U.S.
      As per my vote? I’m too liberal for Republicans.

  35. Brooke says:

    You Americans are more abnoxious and stupid than ever. You always blame others and don’t dare look at yourselves. Do the world a favour and get a clue.

  36. Shakey22 says:

    I wonder if the FBI or that other company homeland security knows about all this information you have because the american people should know these things.

  37. car covers says:

    Yeah I totally agree with what your saying…it’s def correct…thanks for letting me voice my opinion.

  38. Baby says:

    congratulations on a well written blog, it was very interesting and i could see the movie.

  39. A. Owens says:

    Why don’t we hear more about the BP-Irran connection in the news.

  40. Braian says:

    I am sick and tired of all the obama bashing on this blog. the man’s hands are full with a lot of humongous problems all at the same time and you expect him to part the effing red sea with BP. Give the man a damn break and stop bitchin you stupid ignorant racist a$$h*les.

  41. Lise M. says:

    I agree wtih you about the British are arrogant and greedy. With their oil money they’re starting to dominate everything here just like the Chinese did in the 80′s. Thanks for exposing them for what they are.

  42. Tim Little says:

    Why are people STILL blaming Obama for everything under the sun? He didn’t give BP those permits. He didn’t give wall street the free pass to screw up the economy. He didn’t start a war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I can go on and on. Hey right wingers, wasn’t it your pal Sarah Palin that chanted DRILL BABY, DRILL? I thought so./

  43. RoseMarie says:

    there should be a documentary on this information.

  44. Lawrence says:

    No need to back in history to understand the consequences of international, political and economic deals behind closed doors. Today, 2010 we Americans are as guilty as the Brits were almost a century ago and we do not learn.
    We are financing the bullets that kill our kids in the Middle East and empowering villains like Ahmadinejad that follows the path of Hitler to even consider destroying the world just because …. Wake up Americans !!!!, reduce your oil consumption everyday and you’ll be taking the power away from all of those that put their desire to control the world over the well being of the human race.

    Oil = Power = Wars = Death = Unemployment = Financial Crisis = ?

  45. Brandy says:

    To Kamira I’m right with you in agreement. We want to live with convenience and comfort, we don’t want to give up any perks but we complain as long as someone is listening. We have become a bunch of lazy, complascent morons that make me sick.

  46. Omni says:

    I’m reading these comments and nobody seems to understand the hUGE significance of this article. The responses are our typical American arrogance discussing irrelevant things, things that affect our selfish personal comfort but not the nation as a whole. Why is it that we’re not hearing about this in mainstream media? Thak you for opening our eyes but they may try to hush you up. Great blog and keep up the investigative work.

 
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