Sunday, February 01, 2004

Zahi Hawass and the Rule of Law

Zahi Hawass and the Rule of Law

The Law Pundit is a fan of Zahi Hawass, a great personality and showman, no doubt, but also a sincere man by our estimation in his position as head of the Giza Pyramids of Egypt and as secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) in Egypt. Nothing happens at the pyramids without the OK of Hawass. We agree with that philosophy. Someone has to be in charge.

He is quoted by Ursula Lindsey in a special to the Daily Star online entitled "Zahi Hawass: 'A strong personality is essential for a good archaeologist': Head of Egypt’s antiquities council explains how to preserve ancient treasures" as follows:

"Every place in the world needs laws. You have to follow rules. The pyramids (fell into) chaos, because they're controlled by people who care about their own business. They don't care about Egypt, about the heritage of Egypt."[emphasis added]

The Law Pundit regards that to be a succinct statement of the benefits of the Rule of Law, which applies to all parts of the world, to all sites - ancient and modern, to all societies, to all nations, to all enterprises and to all humans. In a world under the control of people who care only about their own "business" - broadly defined to include political and religious aims - everything falls into chaos. Only the Rule of Law - and its proper enforcement - guarantee the kind of peace in the world that the vast majority of people wish to have.

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