“When lobbying to prevent further sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, US President Barack Obama often refers to a fatwa, an Islamic religious opinion. According to Obama, the fatwa supposedly issued by ‘Supreme Guide’ Ali Khamenei, confirms Tehran’s claims that its nuclear program is entirely peaceful. Obama does not quote the text of the mysterious fatwa, nor does he tell us where and when he saw it.
“The trouble is that no one has actually seen the fatwa, although many people comment on it. In a bizarre twist, some mullahs even quote Obama as the source that confirms the existence of the fatwa. ‘Our Supreme Guide has issued a fatwa against the use of nuclear weapons, as confirmed by the President of the United States,’ Ayatollah Mahmoud Yussefwand told the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) last week.