>>>> Just one question. In ESB, when Luke insists on going to Bespin before completing his training, why then does Kenobi say he will be unable to help him? I have a theory on this? I feel that Ben and Yoda never gave up on Anakin and they always knew that Vader would be the one to fulfill the prophecy by destroying Sidious. When Luke went off to face Vader in TESB, Kenobi says that he can?t help Luke, but what he really means is that he won?t help Luke. Remember that at some point Obi-Wan faces Anakin when Anakin turns to the dark side, and Obi-Wan attempts to bring Anakin back to the good side but is unsuccessful. If he, Obi-Wan?Anakin?s mentor, Anakin?s father-figure, Anakin?s closest friend?can?t bring Anakin back from the dark side, who can? Only family can bring Anakin back. Obi-Wan and Yoda know that Anakin slaughtered that clan of Tuskens because they tortured and killed Shmi, and this started Anakin down the dark path. Why not fight chaos with chaos? Why not put Anakin in that same position to bring Anakin back to the good side? Ben and Yoda train Luke as a Jedi so that Luke becomes a threat to Sidious. They realize that Sidious will want Luke eliminated just like Sidious had all the other Jedi purged, and Ben and Yoda are banking on Anakin?s feelings for his family?that Anakin will protect Luke from the Dark Lord. When Obi-Wan says that he can?t help Luke when Luke rushes off to face Vader, it?s because he?s testing Anakin to see if his plan will work. Kenobi knows that if he shows up to help Luke face Vader, this may conjure up feelings of hatred in Anakin and have the undesired effect. In other words, Vader may kill Luke if Vader were to see Obi-Wan aiding Luke, so Kenobi stays out of it. When Luke returns alive and well from his confrontation with Vader, Ben knows his plan has worked as Vader was unable to kill his son. Now the only thing left to do is put Luke in front of Sidious so that Vader is forced to decide between his master and his son.