This has been alluded to in other threads and may be redundant. I find it interesting that Palpatine genuinely believes he's doing the right thing. (I know very few bad people actually think they're bad people, but it always seemed ROTJ Palpatine knew exactly who he was and didn't care.) Good is, of course, "a point of view" and Palpatine seems to feel that the Senate and Jedi, while not necessarily bad, need to be removed for the greater good. The political maneuvering, false war and Jedi murders was a necessary means to remove an ineffective senate and destroy powerful special interests. As Anakin said in AOTC, someone wise will now make everyone agree and the galaxy "will have peace." Palpatine can even be a caring and compassionate person. (Unlike the Jedi, do the Sith embrace love?) He has a great time watching protege Anakin defeat Dooku. He's positively giddy knowing that his new apprentice will become the best thing ever and brags to Yoda. He gets to Mustafar when he senses his friend is in trouble. He walks down to Vader's charred body, immediately calls for medical attention and even puts his hand on his forehead. His "Lord Vader, can you hear me?" is one of the kindest things I've seen in Star Wars (its up there with Leia consoling Luke afer Ben's death). Did anyone else get this impression of Palpatine? He's an evil person who thinks he's doing the right thing. Anakin/Vader, on the other hand, knows he's doing the wrong thing. Who's more evil?