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not seeking to acquire the bomb because Islam bans WMD—although Khamenei’s more recent statements have been ambiguous with regard to the development
and stockpiling of nuclear weapons. From page ix of Nuclear Fatwa, Policy Focus #115, Sept. 2011.
The narrow 5-4 Supreme Court vote overturned a federal law, which of course, was written and passed by our representatives.
Furthermore, much more scholarly articles have been published in Foreign Policy and The Washington Institute for Near East Studies. In the latter's Policy Paper #115, the authors produce a lengthy and heavily footnoted document -- with links to original Farsi sources -- which concludes a fatwa was, indeed issued.
The fact that such a fatwa may be abandoned or dissolved by the Iranians does not mean one was not issued. I have no trust of Iran's leadership.
My original point was that if one is going to believe every thing Khamenei says, than one must believe his fatwa is valid, as well. Personally, I don't believe anything Khamenei says. whether its his fatwa or his claims about the framework for the nuclear inspections.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter what leaders and politicians say. It matters what they do. That is why the pending nuclear agreement under discussion must and does contain the necessary safeguards of transparency and verification.
I think that the writing is on the wall -- the influence of the institutional Jewish community is waning. AIPAC has allowed itself to become the U.S outpost of the Likud party and settler movement. Republicans have succeeded in manipulating support for Israel as partisan issue, with no nuance or room for engaging on what constitutes appropriate support other than serving as a conduit for the demands of Netanyahu and the Israeli right.
What Republican candidate will garner the support and vote of the rank and file Jew? Jeb Bush? Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? As long as they run their primary campaigns trying to outdo their anti-choice, pro-NRA and Christian fundamentalist credentials, they'll never win the trust or support of most Jews merely by proclaiming their fawning support for the Netanyahu government of Israel.
Also. MEMRI is not a journalistic publication. It is a right-of-center pro-Likud, anti-Iranian institution, which has been especially guilty of mistranslating Arab and Farsi speeches and publications, among other failings. Just look at how MEMRi footnoted its own hit piece -- virtual all cited references we MEMRI's own publications.
Numerous credible major jouranlism outlets ( e.g., Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post) have confirmed the existence of the fatwa. Whether or not Khamenei can be counted on to continue the fatwa is an issue worth discussing. But the question of whether or not the fatwa was issued is settled -- it was.
By the way, what's "Mangina"? Is it the mango flavored version of Orangina?
2. Iran is a populous, highly educated and united nation -- not the hodge-podge of factions controlled by a strong man dictatorship. The idea that the U.S can, on its own, force Iran to its knees by imposing unilateral sanctions is ludicrous. Iran will just walk away from talks, leaving the only options available as the status quo before talks began, or war.