September 30, 2013
Obama Falls For Fake Iranian Fatwa
President Obama insists Iran can be trusted with nuclear technology because Iranian leaders have issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons. The only problem, aside from trusting Iran to abide by such a fatwa, is that the fatwa doesn't exist:
No documentary evidence backs up President Barack Obama's claim that Iran's theocratic rulers have issued a religious edict against the development of nuclear weapons, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors and translates news reports from Arab and Persian outlets.
The claim is an eight-year old hoax promoted since 2005 by Iran's diplomats and by Turkey's Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says MEMRI.
The Islamic "fatwa," or religiously-justified law, "was never issued by [Iran's] Supreme Leader [Ali] Khamenei and does not exist; neither the Iranian regime nor anybody else can present it," MEMRI reported on Sunday.
Obama is expected to face media questions on Monday when he holds a meeting about Iran's nuke programs with Israel's prime minister Bibi Netanyahu.
Obama claimed on Friday that the fatwa does exist, and could lead to a deal with Iran to end its development of nuclear weapons.
Assuming such a fatwa did exist and was found to be relevant by the Obama Administration, one has to wonder why other fatwas are not considered when dealing with Iran.
For example, one fatwa by an Iranian supreme leader allows "thighing" and sodomizing girls as young as 3 years old. Another fatwa approves of rape in order to obtain confessions or to prevent virgin girls facing execution from being admitted into paradise.
I'm sure the Obama Administration would be quick to assert, like many Muslims do, these fatwas have no authority in Islam. So, even if Obama's "no nuclear weapons" fatwa did exist, what authority would it have?