30 Apr. 2007

Retrospective is Bad, Retroactive is Good

"What can you do, thought Winston, against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?"
- George Orwell, 1984
Remember the Howard government saying that they could not let David Hicks back into Australia because that would require retrospective legislation to make whatever he was doing in Afghanistan illegal?

Well, apparently it's OK to introduce "retroactive" legislation to stop Hicks profiting from his story.

By the same logic, looking back at our reasons for going to war in Iraq (speculative) is bad, but talking about how we got rid of that evil despot Saddam (active) is good. Got it?

Gosh, it's terribly hard keeping up with the latest thought crimes, isn't it?