Apr 092010

To the attention of HBO Producers, During the third episode of the television show “The Pacific” which started airing on March 14th, 2010 in the USA, the dialogue between Marine soldier Leckie and the Greek woman is in contradiction with historical facts and aims to offend Turkey in the eyes of the international community. This scene suggests that Turks have invaded and ransacked Izmir.

First and foremost, we believe that this dialogue has been intentionally included in the script:

1. Even though a dialogue like this is not present in one of the original books the movie is based on, “Helmet For My Pillow” written by Robert Leckie, Marine Leckie sadly listens to this alleged “invasion” and agrees in the show.

2. Although the movie decribes WW2, Japan and the United States and the truth about the Pacific front in the 1940’s; the audience is strangely left to see the story of a sacked Anatolian city in the 20’s, which is total fiction.

Millions of people who don’t know that Izmir was in fact invaded by the Greeks and have no idea about the history behind our country’s struggle to become a free republic might think that Izmir was a Greek city and that it was invaded and sacked by the Turks. In fact, Izmir is a Turkish city where both Greeks and Turks live together and governed by Turkish states since the 14th century.

Izmir was invaded by the Greek army on May 15,1919; the city was besieged for 3 years, 3 months and 24 days by the Greeks and was saved by the national war waged by the Turkish people on September 9, 1922. In short, Izmir is not a Greek city that was sacked by the Turks, but rather a Turkish city that was sacked by the Greek government.

And when it comes to the great fire of Izmir, there are various theories. It is said that either the soldiers under Nurettin Pasha, fleeing Greeks or resisting Armenians might be responsible for the fire. In fact, there are some stories that suggest that the fire started in a cathedral where armory that belonged to resisting Armenians blew up. We would like  to stress that it is not ethical to suggest statements in such a certain manner in a situation even when historians don’t agree upon them.

This scene, which has apparently nothing to do with the entire concept of the show, looks like a clear case of lobbying. Once again, we would like to point out that this situation is blackening the independance struggle of a nation and wish that HBO would not be a mediator for misleading and provocative maneuvers such as this one.

Original text is here: http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/id/25079800