The media salivated at the courageous, bold initiative by the president to negotiate with
The only problem is that the “fatwa” is a lie. It should have been obvious, but the president is so desperate to cover his foreign policy inadequacies that he figured by using the Arabic word fatwa he could mask his flaws while his adoring media would take the bait.
The hoax worked for a while, a few hours at least, but the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) did a bit of research and reported that the fatwa “was never issued by Supreme Leader Khamenei and does not exist; neither the Iranian regime nor anybody else can present it.”
Even worse is that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also referred to a fatwa in April of 2012. Many analysts claimed the proclamation did not exist then either, although some observers stated it was an oral fatwa which, therefore, gave it validity.
According to MEMRI, the Iranian regime issued similar statements as the one Obama mentioned in 2005, 2007 and 2012 but there has yet be any documentation that an actual fatwa exists.
That, of course, matters little to the Obama administration where words mean everything and the solemn oath of an Islamic terrorist is good enough for us.
In the past MEMRI has done extensive research into
Writing in his book Unthinkable:
Such a strategy is not uncommon in Islam. It is known as taqiyya, and it is justified in the Koran. Basically taqiyya is defined as lying by Muslims as a means of protection from persecution. Muslims are even allowed to renounce Allah through taqiyya in order to avert danger, so long as their heart is pure and they are only uttering false words as a means of protection.
Barack Obama knows about taqiyya. He was reared with an Islamic background during the first third of his life. He, himself, uses the tactic all the time, but the politically correct mainstream media would never dare mention such a concept.
Call it what you will: foreign policy by telephone or international deception by misdirection, Barack Obama and
Though the president and Secretary of State John Kerry looked foolish in their handling of
Prime Minister Netanyahu will present a strong counter argument.
They also know that one 15 minute phone call, no matter how “historic”, will not change the situation in the
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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