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The Hoover Institution on War,  Revolution, and


   The world 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 and peace. 
     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 Peru's
Shining Path (www.blythe.org/peru/pwp). Many of these countries get help from sympathizers in the United States or other Western countries.
Ronald Hilton - 09/19/98