What is it with Helen Clark and torturers? First, she shook hands with Pakistan's President Musharraf - an unelected dictator who presides over the widespread use of torture and state impunity. Then she did it with General John Abizaid, the US general responsible at the time for the occupation of Iraq, who bore command responsibility for the abuses of Abu Ghraib and the massacre of Fallujah, and who reportedly deliberately looked the other way on torture committed by US forces. And now she's going to Washington to shake hands with president Bush
Just in case anyone has forgotten, this is a man who lied his way into a war which has now led to the deaths of 655,000 Iraqis. A man who is now planning to do it all again in Iran. A man who authorised an illegal and immoral system of disappearance and torture, in which suspected terrorists are kidnapped, flown halfway around the world, imprisoned in "black sites" in foreign countries, and subjected to strapado, waterboarding - techniques used by the Spanish Inquisition, the South American juntas, and the Nazis.
Any decent person would refuse to meet with such a person. Any decent person wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire. And our Prime Minister is going to shake his hand on our behalf.
It's nice to know where Labour really stands, isn't it?