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Aug 15, 2002, 03:30 #1
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interesting perspective on terrorism
here's an interesting perspective from my friend in california:
>CORUSCANT -Presiding over a memorial service commemorating the victims
> >of the attack on the Death Star, the Emperor declared that while recent
> >victories over the Rebel Alliance were "encouraging, the War on Terror
> >is not over yet."
> >"We will continue to fight these terrorists, and the rogue governments
> >who harbor them, until the universe is safe, once and for all, and the
> >security of the New Order ensured."
> >It was one year ago today that the Death Star, perhaps the greatest
> >symbol of the Empire's might, was destroyed in an attack by fanatic
> >Rebels, who used small, single-person crafts to infiltrate seemingly
> >impenetrable defenses. Thousands of mourners were on hand to remember
> >and pay tribute to the victims and their families. "We lost our
> >innocence that day," reflected one mourner. "I guess we thought we were
> >immune from the kind of violence that happens in other galaxies. We were
> >"I lost hundreds of buddies that day," said one teary-eyed Stormtrooper.
> >"Guys whose only crime was trying make the Universe a safer place."
> >Although the day was colored by sadness, the mourners found some relief
> >in the news of a decisive victory over the Rebels. In an attack led by
> >Darth Vader, Empire forces were able to rout hundreds of Rebels from a
> >network of caves underneath the surface of the planet Hoth. "We're not
> >sure we got them all," says a Vader spokesman.
> >"There are a lot of places to hide in those caves. But we've delivered
> >a powerful blow to the terrorist's infrastructure, that's for sure.
> >Today, the Empire has struck back." Initial reports are unclear as to
> >the fate of Luke Skywalker, a hero among the Rebels, who is rumored to
> >have delivered the fatal blow to the Death Star. Skywalker, a former
> >desert-dweller from the planet Tattooine, became a part of the Rebellion
> >after family members were killed. Skywalker was trained by a militant
> >wing of the Rebels, known as "Jedi Knights."
> >Fanatical in their religious beliefs, the Jedi Knights claim to derive
> >their power from
> >the mystical "Force."
> >It's believed that Skywalker was specifically trained by infamous
> >terrorist Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan, occasionally called "Ben" and easily
> >recognized by his bearded visage and long, flowing robes, achieved
> >near-martyr status among the Rebels after his death last year during a
> >spy mission. His more fervent followers believe that Wankanobi lives on
> >within them today, some even claiming to hear his voice during times of
> >The attack on the Death Star came shortly after the Empire's destruction
> >of Alderaan, a planet whose government was known to harbor terrorists.
> >Responding to criticism over the total annihilation of the planet, Vader
> >stated, "There is no middle ground in the War on Terror. Those who
> >harbor terrorists are terrorists themselves. Alderaan was issued ample
> >warning. The fight for continuing Freedom is often burdened by terrible
> >The cost of this war can still be seen today in the continuing efforts
> >to build a coalition government on Tattooine. Longstanding animosities
> >among the planets various ethnic groups, including the Jawas, Tusken
> >Raiders and scattered human settlers, have been an impediment to the
> >peace process. The Empire continues to maintain a small peace keeping
> >force until a
> >provisional government is finally in place. Much of the difficulty in
> >fighting the Rebel forces stems from their lack of a central organizing
> >structure. "They don't play by the traditional rules of war," complained
> >one spokesman. "They come in all shapes and sizes, united only by their
> >single-minded desire to destroy the Empire before it destroys them."
> >The Emperor closed his comments today by stating that "the cowardly
> >attack on the Death Star left a deep scar on the Empire. However, we
> >will not stop fighting until every last evildoer has been brought to
> >justice." He paused for several moments, wiping away a tear and then
> >added with determination, "We will never forget." "I wish we could all
> >just get along," said one of the mourners. "But it's hard to offer an
> >olive branch to a cult of religious fanatics whose main tool is
> >violence and who insist on calling us the Dark Side."Ladies and gentlemen, Shaggy Higgins
"Almost there. Only a couple of more times over the horizon."
Aug 15, 2002, 07:34 #2
"We lost our innocence that day," reflected one mourner. "I guess we thought we were immune from the kind of violence that happens in other galaxies. We were wrong."
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very interesting though. Thanks for that.