Star Wars: An Islamic PerspectiveMore from the "President Bush is Darth Vader" departement. Why Darth Vader, anyway? If Bush resembles anybody in the Star Wars universe it must be Master Yoda, with his funny syntax:
Star Wars: An Islamic Perspective
I believe Lucas was trying to make a point about the continuous spewing of hate and evil against the Arab and Muslim people, specifically after September 11 th. Even though the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan were bombed and destroyed relentlessly (it hasn't stopped yet), as punishment for the attacks of September 11 th (without any proof or legitimate legalities of course), many Americans still have a lot of hatred against anyone that even looks like an Arab or Middle Eastern. Many innocent people, specifically women and children, have been harassed, attacked and sometimes even killed, because of this hate. One couldn't help but notice the very overt examples in the last and final installment of the "Star Wars" series. Of course the most obvious example was when Anakin tells Obi-Wan before their final duel, "Either you're with me, or against me", which is basically straight out of Bush's mouth when he said "Either you're with us [i.e. America], or you're with the terrorists" immediately after the attacks of September 11 th. In other words, the Emperor, Darth Vader and the Empire are equivalent to Bush and Company and Luke Skywalker, the Jedis and the Rebel Alliance are referred to as "terrorists" (or "separatists", "insurgents", etc.).