“Star Wars” director George Lucas says that although he wrote the original film during the Vietnam War, his six-part saga could apply to the war in Iraq.
”In terms of evil, one of the original concepts was how does a democracy turn itself into a dictatorship,” Lucas told a news conference at Cannes, where his final episode had its world premiere.
”The parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we’re doing in Iraq now are unbelievable.”
Arthur Chrenkoff, who in his early days did live in the Evil Empire, has written An open letter to George Lucas
Yes, we were very wrong indeed – to you, the Empire was the United States of America, and if that’s the case, then the brave rebels could only be all those people around the world fighting the American Empire – the Castros, Che Guevaras, Ho Chi Minhs, Pol Pots, and by extension, the Brezhnevs and the Mao Tse Tungs of this world. You, of course, live in the Free World, and as such you have the right to believe that your country is the most powerful force for evil operating in the world. But just for the sake of completeness and historical accuracy, can I just mention that whatever the sins of the United States – and I certainly understand well enough that no country is perfect – your rebels, both when fighting for power and when finally in power, ended up being responsible for the death of tens of millions and enslavement of hundreds of millions; the Luke Skywalkers and Han Solos of the last century gave us gulags and re-education camps, terror famines and political prisons; they institutionalized cults of personality, stifled every human freedom and impoverished whole nations.
Arhtur’s just getting warmed up. You got to read the rest.
I respectfully suggest to Mr. Lucas that he spend his flight back to his lovely estate in San Francisco (paid by us, purchasers of film tickets and Star War toys) reading Le livre noir du Communisme, also available in its English translation, The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression. It might bring his mind back to reality after his journeys to a galaxy far, far away.
Then he might be able to intelligently discuss the meaning of “Evil Empire”.