The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution,
looks very different from different countries. Richard Norton Smith, author
of a biography of President Hoover and director of his presidential library
at West Branch, Iowa, rightly says that, while in this country Hoover's
unfortunate reputation derives from the failure of his presidency, in Europe
he is remembered with gratitude for the great help he gave to that continent
in the grips of starvation as the result of World War I. President
Hoover founded the Stanford Institution which bears his name, not to promote
an economic viewpoint, but to study the profound causes of war, revolution
Ronald Hilton - 09/19/98
The world may seem to revolve
around Monica Lewinsky, but in fact there is rising protorevolutionary
unrest in much of it, and the ridicule tarnishing the good name of this
country does nothing to promote its image as a successful model.
It therefore behooves the Hoover Institution to study this phenomenon in
fulfilment of its charter.
Keys to the revolutionary
phenomenon around the world are the websites of revolutionary groups. The
collection of the information they give and the analysis of it is a difficult
task which must be undertaken as essential to the study of the revolutionary
threat. The State Department has a list of thirty terrorist organizations,
many of which have websites. See www.state.gov/www/global
/terrorism/index.html. The Defense Intelligency a list of 70
revolutionary web sites, and I am at present trying to obtain it. Among
them are the FARC and the ELN of Colombia, the Zapatistas, Hezbollah, the
supposedly disbanded German Red Army Faction (www.horst-mahler.de),
the Tigers of Sri Lanka (www.celam.com), and
Shining Path (www.blythe.org/peru/pwp).
Many of these countries get help from sympathizers in the United States
or other Western countries.