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International Terrorism and Travel--Herbert Romserstein

Stephen Schwartz comments:

"Romerstein's book is an inferior, hastily assembled product. It has been devastatingly criticized in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and THE NEW REPUBLIC. I have written a critique of it which I will forward within the next day or so. Worst of all, Romerstein argues as if the cases on I.F. Stone and Harry Hopkins as KGB agents were proven by Venona,when they are not. Stone is in fact exonerated as an agent by Venona, since it shows him rejecting Soviet offers of money, etc. Hopkins is identified entirely theoretically. There is no conclusive evidence that the highly placed agent mentioned in Venona was Hopkins.

Romerstein's book includes some very small items of importance which he has either neglected or possibly misunderstood. The idea that Morgenthau was a Communist is nowhere in Romerstein or elsewhere [He mentioned it in his talk.RH}. His deputy Harry White was certainly a KGB agent, but not Morgenthau.

"Big Al" Cockburn, as he likes to be called, is the son of the infamous KGB agent Claud Cockburn. Except that the idea of rehabilitating Browder, the Dale Carnegie of Communism, as a serious social philosopher, is one of the funniest things I have ever heard. A million Browders would not have raised a hair on Bordiga's eyebrow. [Amadeo Bordiga was an Italian communist who wrote extensively. RH].

But Cockburn and others who overreacted to the various antiglobal riots, including George Soros, are wrong when they say protests, i.e. riots, do not just happen. Riots do just happen and have happened throughout history. Sure, the antiglobal action was all planned to the maximum using that vicious globalist invention the Internet, but the sparks that set off riots are a very old phenomenon in human history.

Riots and insurrections are meaningless unless there stand behind them a conscious class, whether bourgeois or proletarian, and an elaborated ideology. Riots conducted by illiterate squatters who think anarchism is a style of popular music are brief distractions in the progress of history and no more.

Romerstein has the bad habit of using other people's research without crediting it. The involvement of the California elite in the CP is thoroughly described in my book FROM WEST TO EAST, which is cited as an authority in the most serious book on Venona, by John Haynes and Harvey Klehr. published by Yale."

My comment: WAIS, of which Stephen Schwartz is a member, apologizes for using "that vicious globalist invention, the Internet". Ideologically, he is not far removed from Romerstein, so the dispute is among similar specialists. I know how he feels at the latter's failure to cite From East to West. I am surprised that he rejects the conspiracy theory, which I would have expected him to support. In this particular case, I think it is justified. The specialists at the Institute for World Politics took Romerstein seriously. I tread in these matters very cautiously.

Ronald Hilton - 12/10/00