Let’s face it, law is perceived as boring. I should know. I've been a lawyer for nearly two decades. In the West, when most people become involved in the law, it's normally an unpleasant experience. Not because they are likely to lose their lives, but rather on the level of an indignity or a financial loss.
A Jewish student, a teenager in Austria in 1938, said that when the Nazis were invited into her country by ninety-eight percent of the population, she knew that the veneer of civilization had been lifted. That struck a chord with me when I first heard it, and I've never been able to forget it.
For me, the essence of law is not what politicians, ironically mostly ex-lawyers themselves, term the compensation culture. But rather it is the essence of civilization itself. I'm not talking about being subservient to authority generally. I'm talking about the opposite of the Rule of Law, namely being in the same insidious situation as many people in the world. Who do you turn to when the state comes knocking? Who do you turn to when there's nowhere to hide when your fundamental right to free speech, or life itself, is comprised?
On my Twitter page www.twitter.com/GaryHaynesNovel I tweet a lot about those countries where you can't say
what's in your heart, not for fear of being ridiculed or accused of being non-PC, but where your liberty or life may be at risk as a result.
My point is simply this: you judge a country by the manner in which it allows the basic right to the Rule of Law to exist. If it doesn't, that country shouldn't be afforded any form of credibility. On the international stage, at the UN,
wherever. I'm talking here about Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, and hundreds more, too.
Think about it and join me in championing the Rule of Law.