The Belgian government, together with other EU countries, has declared
Iran a "safe country", by which they mean that no-one is in danger of
state repression there. This is clearly a manoeuvre. Iran remains one
of the most dangerous countries for anyone struggling for genuine human
rights, and particularly workers' rights. Support the 250 asylum
70 years ago the Austrian workers were the first in Europe to undertake
an armed struggle against a rising fascist regime. The events in Austria 1934
show quite clearly that there is no “peaceful” and “democratic” way to
socialism on the basis of a bourgeois parliament.
Last month, the far right Vlaams Blok changed its name to Vlaams Belang, supposedly to be a “nicer” and “more polished up” version of its former ultra right image. They want to present themselves as a strong conservative party, a “respectable” alternative on which the ruling class can rely to carry out its attacks on the working class. Even in small and peaceful Belgium, all the contradictions are piling up, waiting to explode in one way or another.
Pierre Broue is internationally renowned for his tireless work as a historian of
the international revolutionary movement. His histories of the Bolshevik Party,
the Communist International, the Spanish Revolution, and above all his recent
Life of Trotsky have been widely admired. His latest book on the Left Opposition
is yet another major contribution by this outstanding Trotskyist writer, who has
dedicated his life to the fight for international socialism.