Yeah it's easy to forget all the racism, genocide and horrible crimes committed by the empire in the name of "order" and so easy to roll over and accept that you were "just following orders"... sound familiar anyone?
Yes, most definetly. We've been here before. I understand Thrawn may be sympathetic (probably because he is), but the idea that Emperor - a classic example of fascist inefficency - can be a good guy stretches it a bit too far. Whole "villains get shit done" argument is not without it flaws: yes, they can get shit done in a first few months, but then comes a sobering realization: you can't rule the country, the planet, the galaxy, or what have you by simply shooting everyone who disagrees. You have to actually rule the damn place and make right descisions
to stay afloat, not simply scare everybody into submission. Scary.
And then he strays into "white guilt" territory, as if we are to blame for being born in well-off nations/families/what have you. I could go into a long rant on how science is the answer and how the world can be made into a better place by applying just a little bit of idealism and common sense - but i won't, this is for another place and another time.
In short, the idea of letting villains win may seem good at the first glance, but in actuality it's really bloody stupid.
Mr Smith said:
All superpowers throughout history have done the same.
Yes, but some have enjoyed
it a wee bit too much.