Zawi Hawass former antiquties minister for the Egyptian government has always been a personal hero of mine. No one has done more to advance Egyptology than he has. I find it very disturbing to find that he was referred to the general prosecution Tuesday on charges of corruption in regard to the artifacts dealing with King Khufu. These were in relation to studies trying to prove that the largest pyramid was not built during the Khufu era. Six Egyptian and three German researchers have been sentenced to five years in prison with labor for removing the artifacts and smuggling them abroad.
I find it very hard to believe and he has been cleared of similar charges in the past. He also is responsible for getting many artifacts returned to Egypt. That he was a minister for the government that has been toppled no doubt has some bearing on these charges. I just hope that the unrest in Egypt which has ruined the tourism which most of the country has depended on in the past doesn’t destroy all the research and work that has been done recently by Egypt and other countries. This history belongs to all of us. Young people have fought so hard to change the government and remove an oppressive regime. We can only hope that their efforts will result in a country where knowledge is respected and corruption isn’t.
I pray that Egypt finds it’s way to a fair and democratic government peacefully. So many countries in that part of the world that hold the history of mankind have been destroyed through war it is a real tragedy. When will human beings stop destroying themselves? Over religion?? Why do people care how another worships? Is it worth the lives of children and innocents? The destruction of history and beauty? This is something I will never understand. So many sites in Iraq have been blown up along with others all over the world. We are destroying our own history. What will the future think of us? The will think of us like we view the barbarians in the past and it will be well deserved.
I also saw today on the news a young boy not more than 10 or 12 who played dead to reach a frightened young girl that was a bit younger. He reached her and with bombs exploding around them they escaped. This was in Syria. Such a very, very sad world we have. Perhaps these young people will see the light and try to live in peace. The adults don’t seem to be able to grasp the idea.