In reality, the whole thing began with the discovery of oil, its adoption as the preferred fossil fuel for industry and the need to control who has access to it.
The whole "Paul Harvey" began after the establishment of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company and when Germany entered into agreements with the Ottoman's to extend the Orient Express to the oil fields...all else that has followed has been chessmanship.
Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?
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