Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Discerning the Politics of George Lucas

Apparently, all sorts of people are reading into the politics of George Lucas. The background is that Emperor Palpatine has his agents start a war so he can gain power, while most of the actors in this drama are unaware of his role until it is too late.

Lucas got the idea from studying history many years ago. Specifically, Caesar and Napoleon.

Now, if you think this is a veiled reference to Bush. You may be a liberal wacko who thinks Bush started 9/11 or the Iraq War for political/finanicial gain. Or you may think Lucas is a liberal wacko, which he may be.

But Lucas is correct that tyrants have used war to increase their power. When Bush steps down in January of 2009, I'm sure those really far out leftists will retract their previous slanders about President Bush. You know--the idiot who is a grand evil mastermind of world domination.
In wit, he points to the line, "If you are not with us, then you're my enemy," which Anakin (Hayden Christensen) says to Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor). "Once again, an artist has taken a line we know very well and slightly given it a new emphasis," says McDiarmid, noting that similar phrases have been said by tyrants such as former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

By the way, Obi-Wan's response to the line is: "Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes."

Did you ever notice that the Sith (the evil Jedi) don't lie? "Luke, I'm your father." vs. "Your father was a good man who was killed by Darth Vader."

Obi-Wan, are you saying that there are absolutely no absolutes? Besides lying, the Jedi don't mind contradictions either. Or maybe they have so twisted the truth, they don't think they are lying.

And you know what? From the context of the film, Anakin has a point. If weren't with the Nazis, you were their enemy.

And pacifists who were against attacking Germany were with the enemy as well, even if they didn't think they were.

Sometimes, life is unclear. But never rely on a Jedi for moral advice. That's one thing we should have learned by now.

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