I have seen you making this and similar assertions throughout the board and it sincerely intrigues me. I take it you have recently discovered Star Wars and watched the films for the first time starting with Episode I, and finishing with Episode VI. Because of this unique way of being introduced to the Saga you approach it without the preconceptions that many of us have from watching it starting 35 years ago in the theater. In the first seconds of Episode IV (which for many of us was the first film we watched) we are told in the opening crawl that the Galactic Empire is evil. It says it right there, "The evil GALACTIC EMPIRE" this is even before we see a single spaceship or the person of Darth Vader. But we go in knowing the Empire are the bad guys because that is what we were told. Now watching starting from Episodes I-III in complete ignorance of the original trilogy we are not given any broad clues by the omniscient narrator (or omniscient crawl writer) just what side to believe in. From your fresh perspective you find yourself identifying with who we have all been conditioned to know as the bad guy, but lacking this cultural indoctrination that the rest of us have or have picked up from the culture of people who have watched Star Wars you find the plight of Darth Sidious something to be sympathetic towards. To my fellows on these forums, as wrong as Lord Tyrannus is, I think of instead of shouting him down for being wrong we have a unique anthropological opportunity of a Star Wars fan exposed to the source material in such a way to have this unique viewpoint. Now if he can just articulate why he believes as he believes we can come to a deeper understanding of the saga and the dark side's motivations. This reminds me of an hypothesis that if someone could read the bible having been totally ignorant of Judeo-Christian culture if the God of the Old Testament would be seen as a good guy or a bad guy based on the material alone absent of explanations that have grown up and around the actions of Jehova. Here we have an individual completely ignorant of "Jedi Apologetics" we should tease out his opinions and try to get him to articulate clearly the opinions he holds with an open mind and see if there is not some truth to be discovered.