Fictional Fatwa

During his speech to the UN General Assembly last month, President Obama said:

Meanwhile, the Supreme Leader [of Iran, Ali Khameini] has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani has just recently reiterated that the Islamic Republic will never develop a nuclear weapon.


No, not really:

wolf_sheepOn July 30, 2013, the Iranian Tasnimnews website, which is close to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), published a compilation of 493 of the “newest” fatwas issued by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. These fatwas cover a wide range of issues, from political and cultural to religious, and include such topics as the treatment of Baha’is, trade with Israeli companies, religious purity and uncleanness, the status of women, and more.

MEMRI’s examination of the compilation shows that it also includes several previously released fatwas, dating back to 2004.

It is notable that a much-discussed fatwa, which regime officials claim was issued by Khamenei and prohibits the development, possession, or use of a nuclear bomb, is not included in this compilation. The conspicuous absence of such a fatwa by Khamenei from such a compilation confirms MEMRI’s argument that it does not exist…

The Obama Administration’s response?

Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for Obama’s National Security Council, said the president’s comment stands. When asked why the White House believes the fatwa exists, Hayden declined to comment.

One might imagine that, if such a fatwa did indeed exist, the Obama Administration would provide us with the text, or perhaps tweet some linkage to same (not that Iran has much of a reputation for truth-telling, even if such a fatwa existed).

Like so much of what the Obama Administration says, though, it’s all made up–which means they have a fair amount in common with the Iranians.



2 Responses to Fictional Fatwa

  1. Dan Draney says:

    Perhaps the Supreme Leader (PBUH) tweeted it at some point. Are you following @wackyayatollah?

  2. songwroter says:

    Not getting any hits on the handle, 10-4?

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