What would've happened if the Ottomans became too impatient with Hussein bin Ali's refusing to joining the Ottomans in World War I and decided to simply walk into Mecca and depose the Sharif, sending him into exile in neighbouring Egypt?
Well considering he was the unifying figure for the Arab revolt and the Arabs had no intention of revolt before his plea.....you would have seen a more bloodier mesopotamian front for the British who would have to slog their way up against the Ottomans. Despite the popular cliches, for all the resources it had the Ottomans fought pretty good against the British and Arabs combined so fighting only against the British would have seen even more Ottoman victories before the Ottomans eventually fall.
Probably yeah, the symbolic propaganda of taking Mecca could ensure prolonged loyalty from the British Colonial Muslims who always saw the Turks as Despotic leaders unfit for being Caliph. Which would of course have some ramifications in the decolonization of India and Malaysia.Would the British have diverted resources to liberate Mecca from the Ottomans? Or would they have focused solely on marching up towards Anatolia?
Exactly. Using christians would have been......counter productive.Taking Mecca would be a terrible idea, unless the British are smart enough to only use muslim soldiers for the task.
I would have liked to do that, but I had a problem that no one would reply to meInteresting predictions. But you may want to start your own thread on the subject rather than Necro on two years in the past. Maybe link to this one if you want to reference the original conversation?