I've seen some comments about how Padme should have been horrified by Anakin's genocide of the Tusken Raiders. I think this overlooks some facts of life that people in the diverse Star Wars galaxy must live with. They weren't people. A lot of us look at this from a "cultural difference" standpoint when the actual difference is of the species. There's been no evidence in the Star Wars movies that the Tusken Raiders are anything more than butchering savages...and not capable of becoming anything else. Padme knows this. She probably doesn't approve of it. But there has to be other cases in the galaxy of semi-sentient beings posing threats to peaceful beings and the necessity to deal with them. In fact a lot of the source material indicates that the moisture farmers periodically went out and slaughtered them as a matter of course to scare them away from the farms (good move considering Shmi). That would mean that Luke Skywalker likely did the same thing his father did at one point or another. Cliegg and Owen Lars were actually on their way to slaughter some Tusken Raiders when they were ambushed. Look at it this way. What if there were a second species on Earth that sprung up? They were marginally intellegent, capable of crude speech, social behavior, and using tools including guns they found (made by humans). What if that species were biologically inclined to kill humans upon contact? No matter how we tried to keep them away, train them from birth, whatever, they would come in the night and kill whoever them met. How long do you think we would suffer a species such as that? Personally I don't think we would suffer them at all. They would be systematically wiped out and become but a strange page in the history book. The Tusken Raiders appear to be much in the same vein. Whenever we've seen them in Star Wars they've killed or kidnapped without any provocation. I understand there's a thematic comparrison to Native Americans (though I'd remind everyone that slaughtering Indians was once socially acceptable to the point where men became President on that basis). But these aren't Indians. They're a strange alien species that may very well have evolved to be incapable of living in peace. Now whether you still think it's completely and morally wrong, you have to admit that people would be slow to wholly condemn others for removing this threat. Especially if you already care for a person like Padme does for Anakin. Anakin's problem is that: A. He's a Jedi and isn't supposed to use violence for anything except defense. B. He killed in anger which leads to the Dark Side.