The necessity of the "Ruusan Reformation" remains a topic of much debate, Palpatine 's statement that the Republic had "stood for a thousand years" might have been hyperbole - in other words the equivalent of saying the Republic had "stood forever" and was not meant to be taken literally. Given Palpatine's nature as a politician, prone to making grandiose statements and generalizations, gives great weight to this argument. Sio Bibble's remark could also be taken the same way, he may not have considered the Expanded Universe earlier wars as "full-scale" or alternatively there could have political revisions to the official Republic history (such as there are in real life) that could have led to majority public opinion that there had been no earlier wars, when in fact there had been.
On December 10, 1925, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Sister Lucy and, beside Her, borne by a luminous cloud, the Child Jesus. The Most Blessed Virgin showed her a Heart encircled by thorns which She was holding in Her hand : " Behold, My daughter, My Heart surrounded by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and their ingratitude. You at least try to console Me . " Then the Most Blessed Virgin taught her what she should do to console Her. Will you also, at least you , make these acts of reparation to remove the thorns with which ungrateful men pierce the Immaculate Heart of Mary at every moment ?