AND so Peter O’Neill joins the ranks of those tyrannical leaders of brutish states who bear ultimate culpability for butchering their own people.
Furthermore, in a shameless act in parliament, the house of the people, O'Neill could not bring himself to regret the reported martyrdom of four university students and wounding of two score others before calling an adjournment to travel overseas, to Europe it is said.
This gives an entirely new dimension to the expression “cowards' castle”.
Not that his miserable, venal, corrupt and incompetent administration has not – in a more indirect way – been responsible for the deaths of many more Papua New Guineans from preventable disease, domestic violence and extra-judicial police killings.
It is indeed a government with much blood on its hands.
There could be no more craven action by any disciplined force than to fire randomly and wantonly into a crowd of innocent and unarmed people.
The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary did this. 'Royal' my arse. They are little more than a politicised rabble.
And as for the apologists - the yes men and women with whom the Butcher surrounds himself - the ghouls who argue this is a decisive act of a tough leader. Look at them – they have no conscience to gnaw them and a heart as shrivelled as a small, hard stone.
These pariahs are so unlike the generous and welcoming mass of Papua New Guinean people, who are great and have great hearts.
Such creatures, these fellow travellers in greed and hatred, are culpable also - by their furtive conspiracy to align themselves with tyranny against good. They are both fat of body and fat of head.
Finally, Australia. This happened on your watch Julie Bishop. And on yours, Malcolm Turnbull. Australia - a nation that fancies itself as a global player which can’t even manage a shred of decency in its relations with its closest neighbour.
And which shows no moral leadership in its own region, let alone on a broader canvass.
This is a very sad day for Papua New Guineans.
Wise and intelligent and moral leadership would not have let it happen.