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Date Posted: 08:07:47 06/10/05 Fri
Author: Jean
Subject: more...
In reply to: Jean 's message, "read the above liberty post first...or I"ll......" on 07:41:28 06/10/05 Fri

dont tare and feather me...
I'm obessed with star wars this morning...


".....During a news conference at the film's premiere in Cannes, Lucas said he wrote the framework of his double-trilogy in 1971 when President Richard Nixon was building his "enemies list."

Lucas said, "The issue was: How does a democracy turn itself over to a dictator? Not how does a dictator take over, but how does a democracy and Senate give it away?"

He also said, "I hope this doesn't come true in our country. Maybe the film will awaken people to the situation of how dangerous it is. ... The parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we are doing now in Iraq are unbelievable."

Whether you agree with the Iraq-Vietnam comparison or not, Lucas did not need Bush or Iraq to come up with Sith. Try the Roman Empire, the French Revolution or Adolf Hitler's Germany for more examples of democracies that willingly yielded power to dictators who used fears and suspicions of outside threats, internal disorder and assorted scapegoats to gain popular support.

The message of "Star Wars," then, is not much different from the heroic themes that energized the Saturday matinees when I was a kid. Freedom depends on ordinary people willing to fight for it, even when the dark side looks like a more appealing choice."

Posted by Tom Shipley [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 09:25 AM

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