Well I think Shatterpoint answers that quite well. As I understood it, it is the act of taking part in war that kills the jedi, not the losing of it. By not fighting both Yoda and Obi Wan remained true to their Jedi training, hence the fact that they survived, because as someone once said "if you fight with a Jedi you have already lost,"
But one must think about one think in relation to Old Ben and Yoda. Both were hermits and hiding from the Empire. Why? If they were so certain of their power, would they be hiding or would they be out there fighting the good fight?
Absolutely, having finished the book I can see why, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
I am also a member of the Star Wars generation and I've had a LOT of time to watch the movies over and over. I've come to the conclusion (though I've not read Shatterpoint) the Matt may have hit it 'spot on'. A Jedi Master's self doubt may have been the begining of the end for the order of the Jedi.
Now unless you fancy shipping me a preview I guess I'm gonna have to... :mad:
Just you wait, J. Just you wait.
But that is my point. Jedi are not just people, they are Jedi and so different rules should apply. Like I said earlier, I can understand why, I can even enjoy reading it, but it doesn't mean I have to enjoy the fact that someone has removed my preconceptions. After all can you honestly say that when you first watched Starwars and you realised Ben was Obi Wan, a JEDI you didn't automatically think that made him somehow special? You didn't just think, gosh, that old bloke's good at concealing his doubts and fears...
The answers vary from person to person depending on personality, past experience, expectations and ambitions etc.