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re-reading volume 59,I noticed this: http://www.mangareader.net/naruto/561/11 . it looks like madara wants to try his mokuton,as if he hadn't ever used it. maybe he killed himself because if he had been revived,he would have been able to use hashirama's techniques. something like what happened to sasuke in volume 21,when he died to be revived to can use the CS 2.
It should still have come down to what Itachi felt was needed. We know Itachi had no problem completing the mission in his own way. I don't believe Sasuke was shown shocked at the mention of them being discriminated against. It was the introduction of them plotting a coup and such that was the surprise to him, for good reason. As for being a spy, that's the thing. The other Uchiha made it clear they already had spies in Anbu, which they were gonna use to check in on Itachi's actions. An additional spy, while useful, shouldn't have been as critically important as his father was making it out to be.
Well hopefully in a few chapters we'll be told the full story by Itachi, since Kabuto should all but be done for very soon. In fact, it has to be, since there isn't anyone else who would be aware of it still alive, except perhaps the other two Elders.
With Hyuuga, the branch house is discriminated against in house (and not outside – or else Neji wouldn't have felt the need to explain to everyone when fighting Naruto) however the whole village respects the clan. This is the opposite of what Tobi would have us believe.
The Kiri example baffles me. Were they hunting down their own ninja who had kekkei genkai? If not, perhaps they feared the ninja would cause problems for their own ninja. It is a bad plan, in my opinion, to remove ninja with strong abilities (kekkei genkai are normally very powerful) from your own ranks when peaceful alternatives exist that allow them to increase your villages power.
I'm not talking about how the village treated them, but the in-house relationship between the two houses. Even though the branch house was looked down upon by the main house, Hinata still showed respect towards Neji. Yes, as far as we saw, they were hunting down anyone who possessed a Bloodline Limit, which caused some clans like Haku's to flee and hide. Their effectiveness at war was precisely the reason they were targeted for elimination.
I suppose it's possible that Tobi was responsible for the rest of the clan being wiped out. It's possible that Tobi had a separate deal with Danzo concerning the massacre. Would explain Tobi's comment toward Danzo when they met after the summit. Though I'm not sure why Itachi would take the blame when part of his plan for Sasuke seemed to have been to have him take Tobi out.
So while Tobi may have helped him, it isn't impossible for Itachi to do it by himself. If anything, I would think Tobi killed Itachi's mother and perhaps his father as he might not have been able to bring himself to kill them.
@ Rikudou king
Sasuke even pre summit still wanted to destroy Konoha.
@Rikudou King - spoilered as rather a lot of it this time round.
I've really been trying to overlook Kishi's bad writing but it just seems to get worse week after week. Keeping up with this manga almost feels like punishment now. lol He really needs to finish it.
Tobi wasn't fast enough to use his intangibility, even tough he realized that the 3 tomoe Sharingan changed to MS. Which saved him that time was Izanagi. That's of course my thought, because after that Tobi appeared unharmed.
Sasuke knew what would happen if he went to Konoha. He was expecting resistance and he was fine with slaughtering them. Even Tobi questioned him about what his plan of destroying Konoha was.
Sasuke was set on destroying Konoha the moment he heard about Itachi.