Disputed Iraqi Archives Find a Home at the Hoover Institution

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Two shipping containers' worth of records created by Iraq's Baath Party that have been stored on an American naval facility for the past 21 months are about to find a new home at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank and library affiliated with Stanford University.

Hoover signed a deal on Monday with the Iraq Memory Foundation—a private, nonprofit group that has had custody of the documents since just after the fall of Baghdad in April 2003—for the transfer of about seven million pages of records and other artifacts from Saddam Hussein's tenure as Iraqi president. The deal came despite recent impassioned calls from Iraq's national archivist for the collections' immediate repatriation back to Baghdad.

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William Mandel - 1/24/2008

That the Hoover Institution at Stanford is conservative is undeniable. It did not start out that way because of the fact that it bears the name of a conservative president of the U.S. In 1947 it invited me to a fellowship which carried the stipend granted to Ph.Ds. I accepted it. At that time and for nearly another decade I was a member of the Communist Party. I neither broadcast that fact nor concealed it. It was my personal political business. My views were obviously pro-Soviet, and I expressed them freely. When, in consequence, a conservative at a faculty meeting asked: "What is Mandel doing here?", the director of the Hoover, Prof. H.H.Fisher, responded: "Because he knows more about the Soviet Union than anyone else in the United States."