You both assume that if the Jedi stepped back and bided their time that somehow Palpatine would have destroyed himself or another solution would present itself. no, i don't actually. i just think they had 10 years to think of what to do and then they rush it in minutes. it seems odd to me in all their supposed wisdom. Even if the Senate were informed, they have no more power. Sidious can declare martial law at any time for any reason - he doesn't need Senate approval... not even to declare himself Emperor. well, declaring himself emperor pretty much comes from his demonstration of the treason. he couldn't have done that without the 'help' of the jedi. Pay attention to the cut scenes - Mon Mothma explains that the Senate no longer functions as a governing body. The only way to stop Palpatine is to start a rebellion and overthrow him. But the Loyalists agreed to hide their intentions from the Jedi. cut scenes are cut scenes. There is no legal recourse to remove Palpatine since he manufactured the law to be on his side under every circumstance. He has all the power and control. This is what Mace is trying to explain to Anakin. so, you say they had 10 years of figuring something out and then it hits them that oops, there's a snowball's chance in hell they can do it legally (protect their order and all) so they quickly, without even considering other options, just jump at the illegality? and somehow i must have missed the scene that has mace *explain* something to anakin. i only ever saw him build on anakin's political conscience. which seems to have retreated somewhat while padme took the top priority. The only way to stop Palpatine is a new war - except Palpatine would declare martial law and the Republic's own army would squash any rebellion. and somehow the rebellion still forms. Or the Senate could attempt to arrest Palpatine - except the courts are in his pocket and again, the clones answer to him directly. Or the Jedi could attempt to arrest Palpatine - except the courts are in his pocket and again, the clones answer to him directly and he would execute Order 66. it's interesting you support the illegality of the actions so much. you could at least give us that it's a rushed decision. or not even a decision, but rather a rushed, er, rush. You guys aren't giving Lucas the credit he deserves for the predicament the Republic put the Jedi in - yes, it is the Republic's own fault (check the commentary). Lucas covered every angle in the story - the only solution was to kill Palpatine - that's why it comes down to a single moment and a single choice for Anakin... ... who blew it. you get that wrong. i absolutely love how he's set this up. and it doesn't come down to purely anakin screwing that one up (although he did screw that one up) the jedi also screw it up. no more, no less.