In attempting to rationalize his openness to Iran, his hopefulness that its sham election constitutes a popular mandate for “moderation,” and his anticipation of a groundbreaking deal on the mullahs’ nuclear program — and, of course, the Great Rapprochement to follow — President Obama keeps repeating a falsehood. According to Obama, Iran’s “supreme leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.”
There is no such fatwa.
The invaluable MEMRI (the Middle Wast Media Research Institute) has done an exhaustive search and issued this report:
In fact, such a fatwa was never issued by Supreme Leader Khamenei and does not exist; neither the Iranian regime nor anybody else can present it.
The deception regarding “Khamenei’s fatwa” has been promoted by the Iranian regime and its spokesmen for several years. Each time it was mentioned, the “fatwa” was given a different year of issue – for example, 2005, 2007, or 2012 – but the text of the “fatwa” was never presented.
MEMRI has conducted in-depth research with regard to this “fatwa” and has published reports demonstrating that it is a fiction. See MEMRI reports:
Renewed Iran-West Nuclear Talks – Part II: Tehran Attempts to Deceive U.S. President Obama, Sec’y of State Clinton With Nonexistent Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa By Supreme Leader Khamenei http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6291.htm
Release Of Compilation Of Newest Fatwas By Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei – Without Alleged Fatwa About Nuclear Bomb http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/108/0/7348.htm
The Iranian regime apparently believes that its frequent repetition of the “fatwa” lie will make it accepted as truth. To date, the Europeans refuse to accept it. According to unofficial sources, the legal advisors of the EU3 made an official request to the Iranian regime in 2005 to provide a copy of the “fatwa,” but in vain.
Of course, no mark is easier to play than one who is desperate to be played.