See history through impartial eyes

In his review, An Assault On The Senses (Life, June 21), film correspondent John Lui has fallen for the propaganda message in the movie, The Promise (2016), a historical drama directed by Irish film-maker Terry George set at the beginning of World War I.

That is why Mr Lui refers to the events of 1915 as "the Armenian genocide in Turkey".

The Promise works hard to drive home its messages to viewers. But "genocide" is a legal term drafted by international law and cannot be thrown around casually.

Many peoples suffered during the Great War, including millions of Turks. The only way to establish what truly happened is through the work of impartial historians, not through politically motivated movies that have been paid for by politically motivated people.

Murat Lutem
Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Singapore


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'See history through impartial eyes'. Print Edition | Subscribe