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More Evidence the Destruction of the Death Star Was a War Crime

Monday, February 13, 2017 6:02
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One of the most fascinating genres of pop culture commentary over the last few years is the Empire apologia from the Star Wars universe. This surprising cult of contrarianism postulates that the Jedi and the rebellion they support were actually the bad guys – the equivalent of religious fanatical terrorists causing mayhem for the Galactic Empire, which was just trying to ensure peace and order for its citizens.

Well, apart from the inhabited planet-destroying, I suppose. (But there’s even a defense of that.)

Not coincidentally, the defense of the Empire has corresponded with a rise of nationalism and populist fascism in the real world, mostly in Europe, but America was not immune. But strangely, the pro-Empire conservatives are almost completely #NeverTrump as well. Jonathan Last and Bill Kristol were leading anti-Trump voices at the Weekly Standard, and Sonny Bunch is much harder to nail down on actual policy than on pop culture.

I never bought the argument (or trolling, as it were), but Rogue One provides another bit of evidence for their anti-rebellion case. In the most recent Star Wars story, Imperial Director Krennic tries to convince prodigal engineer Galen Erso to return to work on the Death Star by promising that his family can come with them and live in honor as heroes aboard the station. Erso declines, of course, resulting in bad news for everyone. But we must assume others accepted this offer.

The Death Star was under construction for decades. Surely there were families on board once it was inhabitable. There were probably families created on the station.

Prior to The Force Awakens all we see in the Empire’s ranks are male officers and troopers, but if Erso’s family was invited to live among them, there must have been others. How big was the Death Star Daycare? How many ob-gyns and maternity wards were present on its 21,588 floors? By one count there were 2,399,638 people present on the station, 843,342 of them listed as passengers, which would include any family members of the million-plus imperial staff.

The destruction of the Death Star(s) has already been “” href=”//”>@BillKristol @JVLast @continetti Seems in poor taste, given the tragedy that was the Death Star’s destruction.

— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) November 3, 2015


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