President Obama claims that we have a really good chance of reaching a nuclear deal with Iran because they have a fatwa against developing a nuclear weapon. But it’s not true. In fact, it was a hoax perpetrated and debunked eight years ago. In 2005, Iran was stalling for time as it prepared to continue enriching uranium into for nuclear weapons. Several of their diplomats and Turkey’s Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, started the hoax.
Some republicans find it troubling that the lead negotiator for the United States (Obama) would not be aware that it was a hoax. The Middle East Media Research Institute, (MEMRI), which monitors events in the Middle East, confirms that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has never issued such a fatwa.
One has to wonder why the Obama administration did not bother to confirm the veracity of the statement, but it is bound to come up later this week, after Obama meets with Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu. Netanyahu has been telling Washington and the press that Iran is once again stalling in order to continue developing nuclear weapons, and may even use the negotiations to get sanctions lifted.
On Friday, Obama said, “I do believe that there is a basis for a resolution [because] Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.”
Nuclear talks with Iran began in 1992 and they have systematically stalled the negotiations, while continuing to enrich uranium into nuclear grade material. Some believe they may now have enough to produce five bombs.
Iran, who provides material support for terrorist groups, including, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Al Qaeda, is a threat to world peace, should the decide to help any of these groups build a “dirty bomb”, with which to attack the United States.
The renewed talks are not only criticized by Israel, but by many Arab countries also, who are afraid of a nuclear Iran. (Iran is Persian, not an Arab country and there is much animosity between the two) Saudi Arabia, is especially worried that Iran could use a bomb against them in order to radicalize the country and take over it’s massive oil supply.
A question was posed to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in March of 2012. “in light of what is written in Surat Al-Anfal, Verse 60 (“prepare against [non-Muslims] whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah.”)… is it also forbidden to obtain nuclear weapons, as per your ruling that their use is prohibited?”
Khamenei sidestepped the issue with an evasive, “your letter has no jurisprudential aspect. When it has a jurisprudent position, then it will be possible to answer it.”
Over the years the hoax about the fatwa has been repeated many times, including by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012.