@Iron-Lord: yes, the novelization does support the "fully logical" and "leave it to the Force." It also reinforces the "no time to reconsider or finish Anakin off" viewpoint because of the "would cost him more time than he had." Many folks in that thread are discussing this, however, purely in the context of the movie, so I haven't referenced the novel in my post (though it does influence my viewpoint). The dissenters also feel that mercy-killing Anakin is not murder; it IS the Jedi way - compassion to others, and Obi-Wan failed horribly. I sort of hate to bring this up, but it seems to me it's sort of like "pulling the plug" on a person in real life, or euthanasia - many, many, many abhor doing so although it may serve the same purpose yet they in real life would consider it murder. @ruth baulding: that is a perspective I had not thought of. I would say it was very possible. Probable: I'm not so sure. Anyway, I wonder sometimes if the "Force's will" is apart from compassion and mercy. I think the "Jedi way" is to blend human (sentient) compassion with the Force's will, because humans are and will always be less than and more than "the Force." I think the Force is a lot like "Mother Nature" and things are to be kept in balance; the details don't matter (a somewhat harsh characterization, but defensible, I think, at least to a degree); to humans, details DO matter along with the balance. Edited because your post snuck in while I was composing mine.