Star Wars III: Crisis in America
Hollywood Strikes Back
Rolls Out Big-Budget 9/11 Truth Movie.
by John J. Albanese
May 22, 2005
I couldn’t believe my eyes. Star Wars III — Revenge of the Sith is a 9/11
(For those who do not want to know the plot of this film, read no
It came as a complete surprise. My wife and I went to see this film
somewhat reluctantly, and with some misplaced sense of obligatory
nostalgia for a franchise that harkened back to our youth. How could we
NOT? But, we fully expected to be moderately entertained at best, with
perhaps some of the familiar lingering disappointment we felt over the
last two installments in the series.
What we found instead was a big-budget major blockbuster of a film that
had me literally squirming in my seat with the desire to jump up and
scream at the audience, “Are you people getting this!!!?”
Yes, this movie goes where no major commercial film has gone before. This
film dares to suggest that 9/11 was an inside job.
We have all heard the rumors that this film draws some interesting
parallels between the Bush administration and the dark side of government
depicted in this film. Seeking to strengthen security during wartime,
Chancellor Palpatine persuades the Senate to give up civil liberties.
“So this is how liberty dies — to thunderous applause,” Senator Amidala
There are the obvious lines.
Darth Vader: “If you’re not with me, you’re my enemy.”
Samuel L. Jackson emotionally declaring that the Chancellor controls the
Senate and Judges, and is therefore too powerful and dangerous to the
And it appears that the Press agrees:
“Revenge of the Sith,” it turns out, can also be seen as a cautionary tale
for our time — a blistering critique of the war in Iraq, a reminder of
how democracies can give up their freedoms too easily, and an admonition
about the seduction of good people by absolute power.
Some film critics suggest it could be the biggest anti-Bush blockbuster
since “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
- Washington Post
George Lucas himself makes no mystery of his sentiments:
“In ancient Rome, ‘why did the senate, after killing Caesar, turn around
and give the government to his nephew?’ Lucas said. ‘Why did France, after
they got rid of the king and that whole system, turn around and give it to
Napoleon? It’s the same thing with Germany and Hitler.”
“You sort of see these recurring themes where a democracy turns itself
into a dictatorship, and it always seems to happen kind of in the same
way, with the same kinds of issues, and threats from the outside, needing
more control. A democratic body, a senate, not being able to function
properly because everybody’s squabbling, there’s corruption.”
“It is just one of those re-occurring things. I hope this doesn’t come
true in our country. Maybe the film will awaken people to the situation of
how dangerous it is.’” – George Lucas
But is this all the film tells us?
It seems that the critics are all but ignoring the obvious 9/11 parallels.
This film very clearly depicts an attack upon the Republic by a splinter
group within the government, upon orders by the Chancellor. Yes, it is an
After this attack, and with the Jedi Knight’s enclave still burning in the
distant horizon of the Republic’s capital, the Chancellor convenes an
emergency session of the Senate, which seems eerily similar to Bush’s
post-9/11 address to Congress, in which he vows to tirelessly hunt down
the culprits, and speaks of the need for empire – as a means towards an
end — as a means towards attaining “Freedom” and “Security.”
But, or course, the real culprits have the reigns of power. And the
critics will not touch it. As always, it is left the the American public
to connect the dots.