<Sidious "forces" the Force to create life, trying to make the ideal apprentice. He succeeds, and yet the Force manifests this child and fulfills the prophecy the Jedi foresaw about balance being restored...all at the same time!> ahhhhh, i don't know. almost a no-downside situation for him, really... it really didn't work against him at all that anakin fulfilled the prophecy. the jedi definitely should have read the fine print on that one, or even bothered to think hard about the headline. since there were already so many jedi (and considering that for a while they even thought the sith were extinct) there really was no jedi advantage to "balance." anyone who thought about that for even a few minutes would realize that it meant the total or near-extinction of the jedi, who were currently holding the unfair advantage of numbers. so they should have snuffed the little bugger as soon as they found him.