- Socialist writer and editor of books opposing the War on Terror
A member of the International Socialist Organization (ISO), Anthony Arnove is a writer, editor, and activist best known for his anti-Iraq War views. He sits on the Editorial Board of the International Socialist Review, a bimonthly magazine published by ISO’s Center for Economic Research and Social Change. Arnove earned a B.A. in English from Oberlin College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University where he studied in the Modern Culture and Media program.
Arnove is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal (2006), a 208-page screed demanding that America immediately end its military presence in Iraq. He edited the 2000 book Iraq Under Siege, a collection of essays denouncing the sanctions which the United Nations imposed on Iraq throughout the 1990s. And he co-edited, with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People’s History of the United States (Seven Stories), a companion to Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Arnove and Zinn also collaborated as editors on Terrorism and War, a collection of interviews conducted with Zinn. Moreover, Arnove has written for such publications as Z Magazine, The Nation, and Socialist Worker.
In April 2002, Arnove was a signatory to a “Letter from United States Citizens to Friends in Europe,” which denounced America’s foreign policy and condemned the post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan. “Supposedly in self-defense," read the letter, "the United States launched a war against Afghanistan. … [I]t was exactly what the United States was already doing, and had already planned to do, as outlined in Pentagon documents: bomb other countries, send military forces onto foreign soil and topple their governments.” Other signers included William Blum, Ward Churchill, John Bellamy Foster, Robert Jensen, Gabriel Kolko, Robert McChesney, Ellen Schrecker, Norman Solomon, Gore Vidal, and Howard Zinn.
In August 2002, Arnove and Edward Herman together drafted a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Representatives of the UN Member States, opposing the “Declared Intention of the United States to Commit Aggression Against Iraq.” Said the letter: “If the Secretary General and members of the United Nations do not speak out, oppose, and attempt to stop what would be flagrant aggression, will it not be clear that the United Nations is not an institution serving to prevent war but rather a political instrument of the United States and selected allies?”
In Arnove’s view, “The March 20, 2003 [U.S.] invasion of Iraq was a demonstration attack, intended not to counter weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, stave off an imminent attack, or 'install democracy' (itself an oxymoron) but to further establish U.S. preponderance in the oil-rich and geostrategically vital Middle East; to advance an agenda that long predated the horrific attacks of September 11 that is meant to maintain and extend U.S. hegemony as a global economic, political, and military power; to establish that the United States (and to a lesser extent its clients, such as Israel) has the right to engage in 'pre-emptive strikes' against countries that pose no clear threat and in cases when no attack is actually being pre-empted; and to send a clear message to both its supposed allies and its competitors that the U.S. government will allow no challenge to the 'credibility' of U.S. imperialism."
In August 2006, Arnove signed a letter condemning Israel’s military effort (which the letter characterized as a “war crime” and a “massacre”) against the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. Denouncing also the “state terror” that Israel was inflicting on Palestinians “in the Gaza ghetto,” Arnove and his fellow signatories pledged their “solidarity and support to the victims of this brutality and to those who mount a resistance against it.” Other signers included John Pilger, Tariq Ali, Gore Vidal, Richard Falk, Joel Beinin, Alexander Cockburn, Ilan Pappe, Harold Pinter, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Tanya Reinhart, Stephen Zunes, and Howard Zinn.
Arnove was also a signatory to a December 2005 letter demanding that the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales grant a stay of execution to the infamous multiple murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams.