Iran’s “fatwa” on nuclear weapons is a lie

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CHARLOTTESeptember 30, 2013 – At his press briefing last Friday, Barack Obama practically ran to the podium to announce his “historic” phone call to Iran and to proclaim that the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had issued a “fatwa” against nuclear arms.

The media salivated at the courageous, bold initiative by the president to negotiate with Iran and to obtain such a stunning diplomatic commitment. It sounded like the foreign policy coup of the century. And to think, all it took was a phone call. Not only that, it happened just days before Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet with Obama about the situation in Iran.

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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.

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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 Iran’s fatwas and has never found a single legitimate publication.

Writing in his book Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy author Kenneth Pollack mentions that such fatwas have been described but always proven false. Writes Pollack, “Of greater importance, the Iranian government has ignored or reversed other fatwas when reasons of state made them inconvenient.”

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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 Iran are using the same strategy. Both are buying time.

Though the president and Secretary of State John Kerry looked foolish in their handling of Syria, the ultimate outcome, at least so far, gave Obama a way out of his “red line” box and, to him, that’s all that matters.

Prime Minister Netanyahu will present a strong counter argument. Israel is surrounded by Islamic hatred every day. They know Iran is playing for time. They will not be taken in by such a hoax.

They also know that one 15 minute phone call, no matter how “historic”, will not change the situation in the Middle East regardless of how eloquently Barack Obama expresses it.

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. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (  

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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