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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
    > >wrong."
    > >
    > >"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
    > >duress.
    > >
    > >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
    > >cost."
    > >
    > >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."

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    I am obstructing justice. bronze trophy fatnewt's Avatar
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    "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."
    Innocence? You work in something called a "Death Star".

    very interesting though. Thanks for that.
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