The Marxist-Leninist Position on Kosova – A Statement of the NCMLU (Britain)

Kosovar Albanian refugees crossing the border into Albania after being forced to flee their homes by Serb forces, 1999; Tom Stoddart--Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The NCMLU opposed the NATO imperialist aggression against Yugoslavia whilst also supporting the Kosovars. However, in revisionist circles, and also in circles claiming to be opposed to revisionism, this position was declared to be somehow “pro-imperialist”. This false claim was in fact used as a cover for the expulsion from the eGroups-based Marxist-Leninist-list of members from the NCMLU and Alliance (North America).

To arrive at this conclusion, these circles have had to discard the Marxist-Leninist principle regarding the right of nations to self-determination under imperialism.

Belgrade in flames after NATO bombing

The contradiction confronting Marxist-Leninists, which the revisionists ignored, was that while Serbia was fighting a just war against NATO, they were at the same time conducting an unjust, racist war against the people of Kosova. This type of contradiction is nothing new, and Marxist-Leninists must learn to deal with it. For instance, in the early nineties, when imperialism started its aggression against Iraq, while defending Iraq’s stand against imperialism, those who came together to form the present committee pointed out that, though Iraq was opposing imperialism, the regime was also waging an unjust war against the Kurdish people.

The duty of Marxist-Leninists was, in both cases, to oppose imperialist aggression and at the same time to expose the unjust wars against the Kurdish and Kosova peoples respectively.

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