The following statement was originally published by the International Committee of the Fourth International in 1994, in the midst of the 1992-95 civil war in Bosnia. In light of the present NATO bombardment of Serbia, the issues addressed below—the history of the Balkan region, the attempts made to free it from manipulation by the major imperialist powers, and the struggle of the Marxists to unite workers of all ethnic and religious backgrounds to establish a socialist federation—have an immense and immediate significance.
In 1985, after a protracted process of political degeneration, the Workers Revolutionary Party, the British section of the ICFI, broke decisively from Trotskyism. Documents written contemporaneously in the course of the struggle within the International Committee demonstrated that the political collapse of the WRP was the outcome of its retreat and betrayal of the principles of genuine Trotskyism that it had previously defended, and its adaptation to Pabloite opportunism.
The struggle waged within the ICFI against the WRP leadership from 1982-1986 ensured the continuity of orthodox Trotskyism and of the ICFI. In this page, readers can find the major documents of this struggle.
How the WRP joined the NATO camp
Fifty years after the end of World War II, the great powers are once again embarked on a violent redivision of the world. This is the significance of the intervention by the United States and Western Europe into the four-year-old conflict caused by the dissolution of Yugoslavia.